How to Hold Better Team Meetings

Add “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS” TO YOUR MOBILE MANAGER’S TOOLKIT. How to order Kindle version of “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS” and have it available whenever and wherever you need it to help you hold productive team meetings.

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As part of their work, teams need to be able to successfully generate ideas, set goals, solve problems, make decisions, plan tasks and understand individual and shared perspectives.  Discussing these items effectively is often the difference between a team succeeding or failing.  Too often, however, teams find themselves facing these important types of discussions without any guidance on how to approach them.  The result can be a team meeting that ends in frustration, with a team that doesn’t make the progress needed to move forward.

To help teams manage their way through these important discussions, KAW Consulting developed “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS”, an e-handbook that guides you step-by-step through 6 of the most important types of team discussions.  These are:

  • Brainstorming
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Task Planning
  • Goal Setting
  • Communications/Understanding

To help you understand when to use each Framework, also included are sample uses of each.

AVAILABLE GLOBALLY FROM AMAZON FOR KINDLE

Designed specifically for e-book users, “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS” can be kept as a handy reference on all your devices that support Kindle reading apps. These include most smart phones, tablets and computers, and of course, Kindle devices. This allows you to have “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS”  handy whenever you need it, whether planning a team meeting, or if you’re in the middle of a meeting and need to decide how to discuss one of the 6 areas.

HOW TO ORDER

Both U.S. and Global users can order the  Kindle Version of the “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS” from AMAZON.   For information on how to do so,  either click the applicable link below, or visit your applicable Amazon website and input TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS in the search criteria.

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Thank Your Customers or Clients by Giving Them The Gift of Productivity.

Learn how to use the “Manager’s Toolkit” as a great thank you gift for your special clients and customers.

 

Looking for a great way to both say thank you and make a great impression on your special clients and customers?  Give them a gift that they can use to become more effective in their own jobs.

One easy way to do this, is to give them a special book on a topic they’ve expressed interest in during your various conversations.  As part of developing the close relationship that has led to you doing business together, you’ve most likely shared some of the challenges they confront in their jobs.  Consequently, if you run across something that would be helpful in meeting these challenges, it’s great to be able to share it with them.  If your customer is in Management, for example, they probably face many of the same challenges that Managers face in just about any business, so anything that you can provide to help them meet these challenges would probably be seen as very helpful, and a sign that you understand and appreciate their needs. Consequently, if you’ve found a book that you found very helpful, it would be great to give them a copy of it as well.

While this may not seem to be a big deal, it can provide tremendous benefits.  As part of our consulting activities over the years, we received some tremendous books from our clients that not only broadened our horizons about new topics such as marketing, sales and human resources, but also became important resources used in future major projects.

Realizing this, one of the uses we envisioned for our “Manager’s Toolkit” series, was a set of resources that could help people meet the basic challenges that almost everybody faces as part of their day-to-day business activity.  Available from Amazon, they can be easily shared between colleagues, and make great ways to say thanks, and perhaps promote future great discussions on how they helped.

Giving them as gift is extremely easy.  All you have to do is go to Amazon, find the  book you want in the Kindle Store and send it as a gift.  You’ll just need the person’s e-mail.  You can even specify a delivery date and enclose a personal note.

 

ABOUT THE “MANAGER’S TOOLKIT”

In today’s challenging economy, organizations need to find ways to substantially boost their Managers’ and Supervisors’ productivity.  Fortunately, there is an amazingly simple way of doing so with the “Manager’s Toolkit”electronic handbooks  developed by KAW Consulting.  Available globally for Kindle via Amazon these handbooks help Managers and Supervisors deal with their most challenging tasks.  Developed for today’s mobile environment, Managers and Supervisors can store them either on their Kindle or Kindle app on their iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, or other appropriate tablet or computer, and have them readily accessible whenever they confront one of these challenges.

The 5 common challenges facing Managers and Supervisors  

Regardless of their function (accounting, operations, sales, production, etc.) Managers and Supervisors face 5 common day-to-day challenges that greatly impact their productivity. These are:

  • Designing and running meetings
  • Delegating work
  • Leading or participating on project teams
  • Coaching employees
  • Managing their own time

Talk with  any Manager or Supervisor and you’re probably going to hear either how they’ve either mastered the skills to deal successfully with these challenges, or the headaches they’re experiencing because of them.

The problem to date, is that each Manager or Supervisor usually has to develop their own solution.  If they’ve been to training, they may have the handouts to refer to (if they can find them).  Or, they may have developed their own reference library of  books dealing with these issues.

So, each time they face a challenge, they have to dig through what they’ve got stashed, which is both time-consuming and cumbersome.  And what do they do if they’re in one place and the books/materials in another?

Worse yet, everyone’s got their own solution and it’s not easily sharable.

What’s needed is an effective set of tools that all of your Managers and Supervisors can easily reference  each time they need help dealing with one of the 5 challenges.  Sometimes they need step-by-step guidance on how to deal with it.  Other times they just need a quick refresher to make sure they don’t leave anything out.

What’s the Solution?

To help Managers and Supervisors have the needed tools and guidance in one convenient place,  KAW Consulting developed the “Manager’s Toolkit“,  a set of electronic handbooks  that guide Managers and Supervisors step-by-step on how to develop and use the skills needed to deal with the 5 key challenge areas.  These are:

  • “Meetings That Work””
  • “Delegating For Results”
  • “Project Management for Managers and Supervisors”
  • “Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors”
  • “Time Management for Managers and Supervisors”

Unlike most books on the 5 key skill areas, that are too complicated and hard to understand, the “Manager’s Toolkit”  electronic handbooks are exactly the opposite. They’re written in easy to understand language that walk the Manager or Supervisor step by step through the processes needed to apply each of the 5 key skills.   Many even include sample forms and checklists.

Like any great handbook, the electronic handbooks in the “Manager’s Toolkit” are something meant to be used over and over again.  And unlike paper handbooks, that get lost easily, because they’re stored on the Manager’s or Supervisors mobile device or computer, they’re accessible each time a Manager/Supervisor needs to design a meeting, delegate a task, manage a project, coach an employee or plan how best to manage their own time. Just call up a handbook and it’s ready to use.  To save time, and allow the book to function as an e-tool, they can use bookmarks or the hyperlinked Table of Contents to jump right to the page or section they need without having to spend time scrolling through unneeded pages.

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

Links providing information about each of the handbooks including direct links to appropriate global Amazon sites are shown below:

“Meetings That Work” Click Here.

“Delegating For Results” Click Here.

“Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors” Click Here.

“Project Management for Managers and Supervisors”Click Here.

“Time Management for Managers and Supervisors” Click Here.

 

 

The Mobile Manager: Boost All Your Managers’ Productivity by Putting the “Manager’s Toolkit” on Their Mobile Device or Computer.

Mobility is the Future: Learn how Managers’ and Supervisors’ can get a great Boost in thier productivity by using the “Manager’s Toolkit” on their mobile devices and computers. using a very low cost method to put the “Manager’s Toolkit” on their workstations, laptops and tablets.

 

In today’s challenging economy, organizations need to find ways to substantially boost their Managers’ and Supervisors’ productivity.  Fortunately, there is an amazingly simple way of doing so with the “Manager’s Toolkit”electronic handbooks  developed by KAW Consulting.  Available globally for Kindle via Amazon these handbooks help Managers and Supervisors deal with their most challenging tasks.  Developed for today’s mobile environment, Managers and Supervisors can store them either on their Kindle or Kindle app on their iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, or other appropriate tablet or computer, and have them readily accessible whenever they confront one of these challenges.

The 5 common challenges facing Managers and Supervisors  

Regardless of their function (accounting, operations, sales, production, etc.) Managers and Supervisors face 5 common day-to-day challenges that greatly impact their productivity. These are:

  • Designing and running meetings
  • Delegating work
  • Leading or participating on project teams
  • Coaching employees
  • Managing their own time

Talk with  any Manager or Supervisor and you’re probably going to hear either how they’ve either mastered the skills to deal successfully with these challenges, or the headaches they’re experiencing because of them.

The problem to date, is that each Manager or Supervisor usually has to develop their own solution.  If they’ve been to training, they may have the handouts to refer to (if they can find them).  Or, they may have developed their own reference library of  books dealing with these issues.

So, each time they face a challenge, they have to dig through what they’ve got stashed, which is both time-consuming and cumbersome.  And what do they do if they’re in one place and the books/materials in another?

Worse yet, everyone’s got their own solution and it’s not easily sharable.

What’s needed is an effective set of tools that all of your Managers and Supervisors can easily reference  each time they need help dealing with one of the 5 challenges.  Sometimes they need step-by-step guidance on how to deal with it.  Other times they just need a quick refresher to make sure they don’t leave anything out.

What’s the Solution?

To help Managers and Supervisors have the needed tools and guidance in one convenient place,  KAW Consulting developed the “Manager’s Toolkit“,  a set of electronic handbooks  that guide Managers and Supervisors step-by-step on how to develop and use the skills needed to deal with the 5 key challenge areas.  These are:

  • “Meetings That Work””
  • “Delegating For Results”
  • “Project Management for Managers and Supervisors”
  • “Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors”
  • “Time Management for Managers and Supervisors”

Unlike most books on the 5 key skill areas, that are too complicated and hard to understand, the “Manager’s Toolkit”  electronic handbooks are exactly the opposite. They’re written in easy to understand language that walk the Manager or Supervisor step by step through the processes needed to apply each of the 5 key skills.   Many even include sample forms and checklists.

Like any great handbook, the electronic handbooks in the “Manager’s Toolkit” are something meant to be used over and over again.  And unlike paper handbooks, that get lost easily, because they’re stored on the Manager’s or Supervisors mobile device or computer, they’re accessible each time a Manager/Supervisor needs to design a meeting, delegate a task, manage a project, coach an employee or plan how best to manage their own time. Just call up a handbook and it’s ready to use.  To save time, and allow the book to function as an e-tool, they can use bookmarks or the hyperlinked Table of Contents to jump right to the page or section they need without having to spend time scrolling through unneeded pages.

How Do I Get These Tools Out to the Organization?

Making the electronic handbooks available to your Managers and Supervisors is extremely easy.  Just let your Managers and Supervisors know of their availability on Kindle, and have them purchase the books they need directly from there. Links providing information about each of the handbooks including direct links to apprporiate global Amazon sites are shown below:

“Meetings That Work” Click Here.

“Delegating For Results” Click Here.

“Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors” Click Here.

“Project Management for Managers and Supervisors”Click Here.

“Time Management for Managers and Supervisors” Click Here.

 

 

 

 

 

Make All Your Managers More Productive With the “Manager’s Toolkit” on Their Workstations, Laptops or Tablets.

Learn how to get a substantial boost in your Managers’ and Supervisors’ productivity by using a very low cost method to put the “Manager’s Toolkit” on their workstations, laptops and tablets.

In today’s challenging economy, organizations need to find ways to substantially boost their Managers’ and Supervisors’ productivity.  Fortunately, there is an amazingly simple way of doing so by combining the power of technology available at your fingertips with “The Manager’s Toolkit” electronic handbooks that help Managers and Supervisors deal with their most challenging tasks.  This post shows you how.

The concept is simple.  Use your e-mail system to provide your Managers and Supervisors with the set of tools they need to deal with the common set of daily challenges they face. They can store these tools on their workstations, laptops, and work tablets (like iPad)  and access them whenever they need to.  They can use them when they’re in their office/workstation, at home, on the road, or in meetings.

All you have to do is buy one copy of the appropriate electronic handbook in PDF format, buy the number of  additional licenses you need, and send it out by e-mail with instructions on how to store and use it.

The 6 common challenges facing Managers and Supervisors  

Regardless of their function (accounting, operations, sales, production, etc.) Managers and Supervisors face 6 common day-to-day challenges that greatly impact their productivity. These are:

  • Designing and running meetings
  • Holding team discussions
  • Delegating work
  • Leading or participating on project teams
  • Coaching employees
  • Managing their own time

Talk with  any Manager or Supervisor and you’re probably going to hear either how they’ve either mastered the skills to deal successfully with these challenges, or the headaches they’re experiencing because of them.

The problem to date, is that each Manager or Supervisor usually has to develop their own solution.  If they’ve been to training, they may have the handouts to refer to (if they can find them).  Or, they may have developed their own reference library of  books dealing with these issues.

So, each time they face a challenge, they have to dig through what they’ve got stashed, which is both time-consuming and cumbersome.  And what do they do if they’re in one place and the books/materials in another?

Worse yet, everyone’s got their own solution and it’s not easily sharable.

What’s needed is an effective set of tools that all of your Managers and Supervisors can easily reference  each time they need help dealing with one of the 6 challenges.  Sometimes they need step-by-step guidance on how to deal with it.  Other times they just need a quick refresher to make sure they don’t leave anything out.

What’s the Solution?

To help Managers and Supervisors have the needed tools and guidance in one convenient place,  KAW Consulting developed the “Manager’s Toolkit“,  a set of electronic handbooks  that guide Managers and Supervisors step-by-step on how to develop the skills needed to deal with the 6 key challenge areas.  These are:

  • “Meetings That Work””
  • Team Tools” (Frameworks for  Making Better Group Decisions, Solving Problems, Generating Ideas, Setting Goals and Planning Tasks

  • “Delegating For Results”
  • “Project Management for Managers and Supervisors”
  • “Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors”
  • “Time Management for Managers and Supervisors”

Unlike most books on the 6 key skill areas, that are too complicated and hard to understand, the “Manager’s Toolkit”  electronic handbooks are exactly the opposite. They’re written in easy to understand language that walk the Manager or Supervisor step by step through the processes needed to apply each of the 6 key skills.   Many even include sample forms and checklists.

Like any great handbook, the electronic handbooks in the “Manager’s Toolkit” are something meant to be used over and over again.  And unlike paper handbooks, that get lost easily, they’re  in PDF format, so Managers and Supervisors can store them on their computer, laptop or work tablet so they have them accessible each time they need to design a meeting, hold a team discussion, delegate a task, manage a project or coach an employee.  Just call up a handbook and it’s ready to use.  If they want a hard copy, they can print what only they need.  To save time, and allow the book to function as an e-tool, we’ve even included hyperlinks in each handbook’s Table of Contents, as appropriate, so they can jump right to the page or section they need without having to spend time scrolling through unneeded pages.

How Do I Get These Tools Out to the Organization?

Making the electronic handbooks available to your Managers and Supervisors is extremely easy.  You can purchase a single copy of any of the books online and download it.  Then all you need to do is purchase licenses for the number of people you want to send it to (also available online) and then simply send out the file by e-mail.  They then store the books in a folder or library on their workstation computer, laptop or tablet, and it’s available whenever they need it.  It’s that simple, really.

Better yet, prices are extremely affordable.  Single copies of each title range from $15.95 to $21.95.  Additional licenses to distribute to each of your Managers and Supervisors (or others in your organization that can use them) range from $14.95 per user per title to $19.95 per user per title.

How to View Samples and Purchase

To view more information on the “Manager’s Toolkit” and each of the titles in it, click here, or visit our main website at www.kawconsulting.com.

Note: Available to only U.S. customers at this time.

How to Stop Having Bad Meetings

70% of employees feel the meetings they attend aren’t productive. Learn how to design and run meetings that work.

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People spend a lot of time at work in meetings.  And according to surveys, 70% of employees feel that the meetings they attend aren’t productive—in short a waste of time.

If you’re one of the majority that feels this way, this comes as no surprise.  You know the feelings of frustration all too well.  As well as the financial cost.  If  4 people each earning $40,000 a year attend a 2 hour meeting that goes nowhere, that’s a cost of $152  of wasted time just for that meeting.  Not to mention the incidental costs such as travel. Take those costs and multiply by the number of meetings you feel are a waste of time over a year and you are getting some real money.  In this day and age when organizations are facing enormous budget constraints, and are  looking hard at all their cost elements, improving meeting quality jumps out as a “no brainer”.

Yet there is often little analysis of why meetings fail, or what needs to happen so they succeed. Here are some of the common reasons things go wrong that you can measure against your own experience.

●    Meeting leader is unprepared and tries to “wing it”

●    There’s no formal agenda

●    Everyone disagrees on the meeting’s subject

●    The expected desired results are not defined

●    People critical to meeting’s success:

–     Don’t Show Up

–     Weren’t Invited

–     Come late or leave early

●    Participants don’t understand their roles

●    Unfocussed discussion

●    Results are not accurately recorded.

●   Other reasons that you’ve experienced

On the other hand, meetings that work usually contain the following elements.

●    Meeting is well designed:

–  Has a purpose statement with agreed upon meeting subject and desired results

– Has an agenda that clearly specifies topics for discussion, timing, participant expectations, etc.

        –  Provides participants with needed background information

–  Determines needed pre-work by participants.

–  Uses effective group discussion processes such as brainstorming, problem solving, decision making, etc.

        –  Determines needed meeting logistics

●    Meeting starts and ends on time

●    Meeting Leader is prepared

●    The critical people are in attendance

●    Participants understand their roles and participate appropriately

●    The meeting’s discussion focuses on the topics at hand

●    Pertinent discussion and results are captured and used going forward as needed.

Because holding better meetings is so important, KAW Consulting developed “Meetings That Work”, an electronic handbook that shows you step by step how to design and run effective meetings.   Written in a clear, easy to use format you’ll learn:

  • What makes meetings succeed, and why many fail
  • The crucial roles that need to be filled in each meeting
  • The 8 Steps for designing Effective Meetings
  • Tips for Running an Effective Meeting
  • How to deal with potential problems you may encounter such as:

                  – Stares and Silence

                  – Negative Remarks

                  – Separate Agendas

                  – One person trying to dominate the discussion

  • How to use effective group discussion processes to:

–  Generate Ideas by Brainstorming

–  Solve Problems

–  Make Better Decisions

–  Plan Tasks

–  Set Goals

What’s more, because it’s an electronic book in PDF format, you can store it on your computer so you have it accessible each time you need to design a meeting!  We’ve even included hyperlinks so you can jump right to the page or section you need without having to spend time scrolling through unneeded pages.

You can buy single copies for the low price of $21.95.

Sharing with additional users is also easy–just purchase additional licenses at $19.95 per user.

To view a sample and instructions on how to purchase online click here.

Note: Available to U.S. purchasers only.