The following is an excerpt from John Culvenor and Dennis Else - Engineering Creative Design
White Hat on the Hats
There are six metaphorical hats and the thinker can put on or take off one of these hats to indicate the type of thinking being used. This putting on and taking off is essential. The hats must never be used to categorize individuals, even though their behavior may seem to invite this. When done in group, everybody wear the same hat at the same time.
I don't know how many times I have heard the phrase about meetings ...
"Yep, we are in a meeting talking about things we should be doing, but can't, cause we are in meetings talking about it!"
I wholeheartedly agree with cutting down meeting time. Or, at the very least get your meetings on track.
Top 5 Tips
Set an agenda - send it out prior to the meeting. Also define a purpose.
Send out meeting docs - to be read - before the meeting.
Stick to a time-table (Start at X o'clock, XY+Z Topics take X minutes apiece) Make the meetings productive, predictable and as short as possible.
Designate a meeting facilitator. (Read: Time keeper!)
Set up defined action items to be done as a result of the meeting
Oh and #6 (an add-on) "Is this meeting really necessary - could I cover it off in a phone call, an email, a conference call (God forbid) or walking to my colleagues desk and having a quick discussion?"
Meetings are a necessary evil, but like all things moderation (pun intended) is the key!
As we head into the holiday shopping season, retailers are hoping that we are ready to spend some money. It looks promising: Last year online spending for Canadians surpassed $15 billion, most of it done using credit cards. A similar trend is happening around the world.
Online spending for Canadians has been steadily increasing for years, and it shows no sign of abating. That means retailers have something to look forward to as the holidays approach.
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