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Recently I've been working with managers to run better meetings, while, in my private life, I've been held hostage at bad meetings—the kind where you squirm in your seat—with the dentist.
Is there a connection between good meetings and bad dentistry? Yes! It's about control.
Mistake #1: Too much control. You talk, but no one's engaged.
One day, I asked my dentist why he didn't have a spittoon. I like spittoons. They let you, the patient, sit up once in a while, spit, and take a break.
"Describe yourself," one CEO asks job applicants, "in three words or less."
What would you say? Probably not, "I'm wordy and verbose. Also repetitive."
An engineer is dying to tell her boss: "STOP sending me so many emails!"
Ever try to reform your boss?
You know it's risky. Maybe your boss doesn't want to be changed. Maybe, if there's a problem, your boss thinks the problem is you.
No matter how many times people tell you not to drink too much and photocopy your butt at the office holiday party, some people just won't listen.
Here are some of the most outrageous things people have done at office parties, according to a survey of marketing and advertising executives by staffing firm The Creative Group:
"An employee threw his coworker in a lagoon!"
"A person rode naked on a ferris wheel."
"An employee dressed up as a wrestler."
Feedback is like death -
1) You receive a 360 feedback report, describing what everyone at work really thinks about you.
Your first reaction: shock.
You see yourself one way, others another. That's the human condition.
I used to lead management workshops for a large consulting company, the Forum Corp, that included 360 feedback reports. Before distributing the feedback, we'd warn participants:
"You may not believe it's really your report," we'd say.
Workers confessed to professional-networking site LinkedIn what they always wanted to be when they grew up.
Of course, astronaut is on the list.
Here were the Top 5 dream jobs among the men, according to the survey from LinkedIn :