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Plan a Better Meeting with Design Thinking

Nine out of ten people admit to daydreaming in meetings. Seventy-three percent do other work. That's because most meetings are poorly designed. How do you improve the situation?

"Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don't seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. I've estimated that one standard weekly meeting in my bureau - 50 people sitting in a cookie-cutter conference room, looking both bored and anxious - costs around $177,000 annually, and surely this scenario occurs throughout the [organization] hundreds of times a day. It drains us, and it breeds cynicism. So many meetings are lost opportunities."

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Why Talented People Don't Use Their Strengths

Experts have long encouraged people to "play to their strengths." But based on my observations, this is easier said than done, because we often undervalue what we inherently do well. As a leader, the challenge is not only to spot talent but also to convince your people that you value their talents and that they should, too. Begin by identifying the strengths of each member of your team. You might ask them, "What compliments do you tend to dismiss?" since people often downplay what they do most easily. Once you've identified their key strengths, ask them, "Are you doing work that draws on your strengths? Are we taking on projects that make the most of your strengths?" If the answer is no, reassign people to new roles where their strengths will be put to better use.

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The Sources of Resilience

Findings from the largest global study of resilience and engagement from the ADP Research Institute.

We're all suffering through difficult times that we did not anticipate and challenges that we were not prepared for. In the face of all that's going on in the world, how do we survive? How do we push through the muck of current events and continue showing up for the people who need us most?

The answer to many of these questions lies in our capacity for resilience: the ability to bend in the face of a challenge and then bounce back. It is a reactive human condition that enables you to keep moving through life. Many of us live under the assumption that a healthy life is one in which we're successfully balancing work, parenting, chores, hobbies, and relationships. But balance is a poor metaphor for health. Life is about motion. Life is movement. Everything healthy in nature is in motion. Thus, resilience describes our ability to continue moving, despite whatever life throws in our path. The question for us, of course, is what causes us to be able to bounce back and keep moving, what ingredients in our lives give us this strength, and how do we access them?

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