7 ways to get more meetings off your calendar

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7 ways to get more meetings off your calendar
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Avoid meeting fatigue by declining any gathering that does not have an agenda, an explicit purpose or a clear decision-making process, writes executive coach Scott Eblin. "If the organizer can't finish this sentence, 'We are holding this meeting so that ...,' decline the invitation," Eblin advises.
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Put it into practice: If you're holding meetings, start on time and end ten minutes early; regularly reassess your calendar for meetings you can skip, repurpose or delegate, Eblin writes. "Getting yourself out of the executive meeting spin cycle requires some gumption and agency. Don't hesitate to use yours."
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Leaders can create a knowledgeable and engaged workforce by encouraging employee development -- and the training of potential employees -- through broad exposure to topics and areas of interest and self-directed learning, Larry Robertson, founder of Lighthouse Consulting, writes. Robertson shares the story of a college student who spent time in high school learning about emergency health care through training, observation and endless questions, helping her clarify specific career goals.
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Put it into practice: Give employees access to different departments for exploration and questions so they can weigh other possible career routes within the company. Tell employees you expect them contribute to their career growth by always asking questions (and answering others' questions) "without limit, without judgment," thus "creating a culture of curiosity and continuous learning," Robertson says.
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Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and others have been heavily criticized in the media for their responses -- or lack thereof -- to student groups' fervent support for Hamas' attack on Israel. "It's astonishing ... [and] fascinating to watch an institution like Harvard that has all the resources in the world have the biggest blunder," says crisis specialist Sandy Lish of The Castle Group, adding that a brief, clear response that didn't aim to please everyone would have been more likely in the presence of strong, previously created crisis communications playbook.
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Put it into practice: Newsweek talked with some communications experts who offered eight phrases to avoid when speaking for a company during a crisis. "No comment," "unforeseen circumstances," "business as usual" and "We did our best" are among them.
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Being a CEO can be isolating, because "people are a little bit more hesitant to tell you what's happening," says Sonia Millsom, CEO of healthcare firm Oxeon, who recommends encouraging those around you to be open and share what they've learned. "It's the balance of building trust with your team, but then also having to make difficult decisions for the betterment of the business," Millsom says.
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How do you handle your meeting schedule? Are you overwhelmed and stuck in meetings most days? Scott Eblin's advice may be just your ticket to reduce meeting hours.

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