Archive for JoelGarfinkle SmartBlogs

A wise man said there are three kinds of questions: Ones that show how smart you are, ones that show how dumb they are, and ones that seek information. I think there are a few more kinds than that. But it’s valid to be aware of how others feel about our questions.

So let’s look at the purposes behind questions.[…] Continue Reading »

More and more studies show that confidence is a critical trait in leaders, a quality that draws people in and adds weight to everything you say. It’s not only important to be right, you must also be confident. Yet sometimes it seems like confidence is either something you have, or something you don’t.

Not so. Confidence is a trait that can be developed.[…] Continue Reading »

It’s bound to happen sometime. You offend a team member. You drop the ball at a critical time. You forget about an important meeting or mishandle a vital project.

You feel terrible. You want to make it right—to fix the problem and be able to move on. But how do you apologize to your boss, co-worker, or employee without making it worse?[…] Continue Reading »

Keeping meetings, tight, effective and on-track takes discipline. And meetings that waste time also squander energy, productivity, and money.

When you follow these 15 tips you gain respect and buy-in as you run meetings that are valuable, efficient and productive.

  1. Hold meetings standing up to capture more excitement and reduce the length of the meeting.
  2. Include decision makers so decisions can be finalized at the meeting.
  3. […] Continue Reading »

It seems every day brings more e-mails, more data, more information to sort through. Your workload increases but you can’t add more hours to the day. How can you push back?

Use these innovations to reduce overwork, streamline communication and increase productivity. Take advantage of technology. Make it work for you instead of driving your life.[…] Continue Reading »