5 Ways To Make Meetings More Effective

5 Ways To Make Meetings More Effective What use are business meetings? Studies show that meetings fill an increasing number of hours in the average workday, and yet most employees consider them a waste of time. According to employees, meetings are responsible for more wasted time than office politics, social media or chatting with co-workers. Meetings are also a necessary part of any business. With a bit of planning you can make your meetings more efficient and your employees will come away with a sense of purpose, more prepared to tackle the job at hand. Before your next meeting, consider these five tips that will help you use your time more wisely: Set an objective. A clear and well-defined objective should be outlined before the start of any meeting. Everyone taking part should arrive already knowing what needs to be accomplished, and what is expected of them. Will it be a brainstorming session? Are you checking up on a project’s progress? Has there been a change of plans your team needs to be aware of? With an objective decided in advance, not only will your meeting stay on-topic, but it informs the rest of your team what they have to bring to the table to keep the meeting running smoothly and on-schedule. Invite only who is necessary. A full guest-list might seem effective but the truth is that more people will slow down the meeting and an attendee who feels redundant will leaving thinking their time has been wasted. If you’ve already defined your meeting’s objective, it will be easier to decide you needs to be there. Consider who...

5 Steps to Helping New Employees Find Success

5 Steps to Helping New Employees Find Success Starting a new job is a stressful experience for any new employee. However, there are things you can do as an employer to help them during the transition. The next time a new employee joins your company, considered these five steps to help them quickly adapt to their new environment and become a happy and productive member of your team: Clearly define their role. This is true for any employee, but especially for someone just starting. Understanding their job’s objective will help a new employee to better see their job as a necessary role, and not simply as a series of tasks. Give them some background. By helping a new employee understand the context of their job, and where it fits into the company as a whole, they can see their role as a necessary part of the company’s plans for the future. One way to do this is providing a new employee with reading material about the company. Focus on training. Some of the most successful companies have specialized induction programs to assist new hires. It makes good business sense to do this when statistics reveal that employees are three times more likely to leave their jobs when they feel they have not been trained well. Become better acquainted. Spending time with new employees helps them become better integrated into the work environment. Time spent in casual conversation, getting to know them better is time well spent when it helps a new employee get to know their coworkers and become more comfortable with the office culture. Use a buddy system....

North Pole Expedition: Day 1-12

                North Pole Expedition: Day 1 The Journey Begins This expedition has been a long time coming, but as always seemed to come too fast at the end. We are 53 strong with a mix of ill and injured soldiers, civilian team members, guides, media and film crew. We are the largest group ever to embark on a ski expedition to the magnetic North Pole. This morning we gathered in the hotel lobby at 7:30am and loaded onto 2 charter buses that took us to a private terminal at the Ottawa airport. We boarded a chartered First Air 737 at 9:00am for a 9:30am departure. The flight time to Iqaluit was 3:20. A fuel stop in Iqaluit was approximately 2 hours and gave us time to explore the town. Our first stop in Iqaluit was the local Air Cadet training centre. We were met by the cadets, the mayor and the premier of Nunavut. After a few speeches TPL presented the Air Cadets with a cheque for $10,000 in memory of an Iqaluit soldier killed in Afghanistan and the town then presented TPL with a cheque for $10k. One of our team members was the leader of the team that recovered the body of the Iqaluit soldier and his fallen team that were killed in a firefight. Iqaluit is the capital of Nunavut and has about 8000 inhabitants. It is a cold and barren place, but the houses are painted bright and beautiful colours and that makes the town look much more inviting. We then descended on a local art shop that...

Magnetic North Pole Expedition: Introduction

Magnetic North Pole Expedition: Introduction The following journal chronicles my expedition to the magnetic north pole in April of 2014. Although I have been on countless expedition over the last 30 years this expedition is special not only in the location, but also in the participants. 2013 began my involvement with the True Patriot Love Foundation. This charity focuses on raising awareness around the challenges that our ill and wounded soldiers face when returning to civilian life and raises money for treatment and assistance in transitioning into civilian life. Last year I was the civilian team leader on a trip that took ill and wounded Canadian soldiers and business leaders on a three-week expedition to Nepal. We trekked to Everest base camp and climbed Island Peak 6189m. This expedition was captured in a documentary called March to the Top for CBC. In 2014 we embarked on a similar expedition, but this time to the magnetic North Pole. The interest was so great that we ultimately launched the largest ever expedition to the magnetic North Pole. Our fund raising goal is to raise money to bring a new Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment into Canada. I hope you enjoy reading of my experience and if you are inspired by what we have accomplished please check out www.truepatriotlove.com to learn more. Contact us For More...