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Happy Thanksgiving: a quote

A quote for the day:

Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself.

– Rumi

I wish you all a Thanksgiving filled with abundant sweetness. I am grateful for your presence in my life. Thank you.


The Jump-start Meeting

Recently I was seated next to Laura Van Galen, the dynamic head of Bleu Marketing, a full-service direct marketing firm based in San Francisco. She described to me a practice she uses with her senior team, the daily jump-start meeting.


Are all the parts working together?

Here’s how the jump-start meeting works: every morning each manager has three minutes to describe the top three things they will be working on that day. The meeting lasts no more than 15 minutes.

Here’s why it works: it provides group accountability, it helps sharpen everyone’s focus, and it improves everyone’s clarity about what the group as a whole is working toward.

The entire leadership group stays focused and productive, all pulling in the same direction. The investment in meeting time pays back handsomely in improved coordination among all the managers.

Are your meetings short, targeted, and productive?

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