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How to Make Meetings Powerful Using a Pen

There really is “power in the pen“.  The person who takes notes in a meeting and then drafts and distributes the Meeting Record is demonstrating leadership. Deciding how what happened in a meeting is to be memorialized is a power move. Those who want to be leaders and who want to be powerful will find that owning and driving the process to produce Meeting Records is the way to go! Continue reading How to Make Meetings Powerful Using a Pen

Introducing Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World as an interactive digital workbook.

Many intelliven.com blog posts are based on the slides and lecture notes from a masters class in Organization Development called Organization Analysis and Strategy offered at American University and taught by Peter DiGiammarino.  These posts and other material from class, including:

  • Work problems,
  • Templates,
  • Graphics,
  • Slide shows, and
  • Assessments

are available  from Amazon as a softcover workbook or from iTunes as an iBook titled Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World.

Selected intelliven.com blog content is now available as a workbook from Amazon or as an iBook from iTunes.

Whether one wants to change personal habits, implement a new information system, improve a business process, get team members to work together, increase a community’s appreciation for diversity, or even to topple a monarchy, taking seven actions driven by seven disarmingly simple truths will individually and collectively help achieve the goal.

Manage to Lead presents a framework to describe and assess any organization. It also provides a structured approach to plan and implement next steps for an organization as it strives for long-term growth and performance.

Readers are invited to select a familiar organization on which to apply the tools and templates introduced throughout the workbook. Exercises in each chapter produce essential elements for the organization’s annual strategic plan and lay the groundwork for implementing that plan.

Readers can package the key elements from Organization Exercises to form a strategic plan that communicates how the organization sees itself and where it is headed. At the end of the year leaders can compare actual results with what was described in the strategic plan to study what happened, why what happened was different than plan, what is to be learned from that, and what to do differently going forward as a result.

Repeat the process over several years and compare actual to planned results year-to-year to see the organization mature, perform, and grow to its full potential.

Six Ps to peak meeting performance.

When participants follow the Six Ps, board sessions, executive reviews, operating meetings, design and code walkthroughs, All Hands meetings, interviews, and any other forum where people convene to discuss a topic, individual and group performance are greatly enhanced.

Formula for Success - Intelliven


Read materials sent in advance with enough lead-time to reflect on their content. If you are the meeting owner, make it easy for attendees to prepare, and for you and your team to step-back and develop perspective, by distributing background materials at least two days ahead.

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Attend! You cannot contribute if you do not attend both physically (even if electronically, e.g. by phone or Skype) and mentally.   Continue reading Six Ps to peak meeting performance.

How to use meeting ground rules to shape behavior and improve performance.

High-performing organizations act intentionally. There are meeting ground rules because meetings are an ideal forum in which to both articulate and model target behavior.  Meeting Owners (see: How to Run a Great Meeting/) on their own, with their core leadership team (see: How to Form a Core Leadership Group), and with help from a trained facilitator if available, develop three to six ground-rules to review with attendees.

Each rule is consistent with how the leader wants people to behave in meetings and in general.  When introduced for the first time, walk through each rule and encourage discussion to be sure it and the reason for it, are clear and to get the group’s buy-in.  Also to encourage clarity and buy-in, adjust the rule as needed in response to input from the group. Continue reading How to use meeting ground rules to shape behavior and improve performance.

How to run a meeting.

Leaders who know how to run a meeting well can improve the odds of achieving maximum performance and efficiency.  On the other hand, it is easy for an organization to lose itself to an endless series of bad meetings.This note addresses the three stages of a good meeting, meeting roles, and how to increase the odds of a successful meeting by putting together and driving to implement a good plan for the meeting. Continue reading How to run a meeting.