• Are you frustrated by unfocused, boring meetings?

  • Is your organization stuck in an unproductive meeting trap?

  • Do you and your staff waste precious hours at work sitting in meetings that don’t matter?


If so…it’s time to…

Make Your Meetings Matter

There are somewhere between 15 and 20 million corporate meetings every day in the United States alone! That means that well over 50 million people are sitting in meetings every single day. Most team leaders spend at least 50% of their work time in meetings. Yet no one I know is dying for the next one to start.

Just think of the time that is currently being wasted, the organizational energy that is being expended, and the decisions that are being made poorly, inefficiently, and even incorrectly. Then add in all the boredom, frustration, and even anger that those bad meetings are generating throughout your organization. It’s a recipe for disaster!

But it’s not inevitable. With guidance from our firm you can make all your meetings matter. Let us show you how to train your staff how to lead meetings and other powerful conversations that are both productive and popular.

Contact me today so I can show you what it takes to make your meetings matter. Send an email to jim@nullmakingmeetingsmatter.com, or call +1 (510) 558-1434. I’d love to speak with you about your meeting challenges!

Jim Ware, PhD
Meeting Design Strategist

The Book

Meetings are productive only when they produce meaningful change – in ideas, in behaviors, in decisions, in future plans. In the knowledge-based economy those changes emerge from engaged individuals and only become real in cohesive teams. Effective leaders today orchestrate conversations that produce consensus, commitment, and meaningful action.

This new book shows you both why collaboration and conversation are at the heart of the future, and how to build and lead a collaborative conversational culture.

Making Meetings Matter: How Smart Leaders Orchestrate Powerful Conversations in the Digital Age begins with a call for rethinking leadership in this richly connected, technology-dependent world we have built. Effective leaders today know that the economy has moved from mass production to mass collaboration, and that collaboration requires a mindset that values connections over control, embraces differing perspectives, and seeks to blend the experiences and insights of all meeting participants.

The book introduces the P4+ model for designing and leading meetings: Purpose, Participants, Process, and Place (plus Preparation).

It also addresses the explosion in distributed teams and distributed meetings, laying out a simple set of leadership “rules” for ensuring that your mobile workforce is connected not just by technology but by common purposes and strong relationships as well.

Consulting Services and Training Programs

You need to bring your business meetings into the digital age. In a technology-rich world filled with people working flexibly, remotely, and across multiple time zones, the way most meetings unfold is completely misaligned with 21st-century organizational reality.

Jim Ware has been enabling organizational leaders to design and implement successful change programs for over 30 years. And while the core transformations typically involve new policies, new systems, new procedures, and new technologies, the heart of change is social and cultural—and those are also the most difficult elements to design and implement.

Driving change requires complex planning, moment-by-moment adaptation to events and reactions, and continuous monitoring of the organization’s cultural and social “health.” There are no formulas or simple solutions, but experience matters.

Engage with us today to design meetings that produce extraordinary results. We work with you and your staff to identify skill deficiencies and misplaced mindsets that get in the way of progress. We then develop workshops and coaching programs to move the organization forward. And we stay with you to ensure that our interventions generate the outcomes you want.

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