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Are your meetings effective?  Have high impact?  Structured?  Engaging?

Are your meetings Valuable?

Meetings should have high impact! But do they always? The amount of wasted time in organizations on low impact & ineffective meetings has risen. Time to take stock of what REALLY makes for a high impact meeting.

  1. As an organizer, ask yourself “do we REALLY need a meeting?” Are you holding it just because it is scheduled or is it worth the investment of time pulling people away from actively completing their tasks.
  2. Are you accepting all meetings regardless? Do you know the value you will bring? Are you the right person? Could you provide information/answer a question to them ahead of time? Have you been invited out of courtesy? How many meetings have you attended where you wonder why you have been invited?
  3. Is there a structure to the meeting? Have you requested an agenda? Meetings are taking up precious real estate in your schedule. The objective should be clear with a few items to guide discussion. Unstructured meetings are likely to go off on a tangent and invite other discussion topics, avoiding meeting the objective of the meeting.
  4. Start and End on time. If the meeting is structured with a clear objective, the likeliness is that this will be easy. If it runs late or people are late, remember the domino impact his has on the rest of everyone’s’ days, completion of tasks to deadline, stress levels etc.
  5. No multi-tasking. Some organizations have a bowl for phones and a no laptop rule aside from the minute taker or those presenting information. ‘Presenteeism’ is a real problem in meetings. What with there being the constant stream of notifications. If their presence is required, then

You control your time, you should be aligning ALL your task to your goals. Time to take stock, are all your meetings valuable? Be productive and more at our Productivity Bootcamp.

Ella Bates – Designer of Signature Program Productivity Bootcamp

Ella Bates

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Owner of Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success,  Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry within Corporate and Higher Education. If you are looking for Corporate Training with high impact and long lasting results, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE

Get learning!

WHERE TO LEARN?

There are many many places you can learn from free to huge investments, here is a small pick of my personal favourites.

  • Everyday situations – step back and look at your peripheral, what do you see, who do you see, what are they doing, why are they doing it, go back to being childlike and look at each situation with eyes of curiosity and intrigue.
  • Your favorite newsletters. blogs and magazines. Make time to read and learn from them.
  • Guides.co : A huge collection of online guides to pretty any topic you can imagine.
  • TED Ed : A super popular podcasts and videos that bring you lessons worth sharing
  • ITunes U: Yale, Harvard, and other top universities share lecture podcasts.
  • Youtube: Simply search for a topic you are interested in, chances are someone, somewhere has made a video about it.
  • Udemy: Thousands of online training courses on anything development orientated ranging from free to high priced and 5 minutes to 20 hours.
  • Cook Smarts:Learn basic to advanced food prep and cooking techniques.
  • The Happiness Project: Why not just learn how to be happy? I’d give five minutes a day to that!

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Founder of Trainingx3™ the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success, Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry. If you are looking to fill your knowledge gaps in your organization, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE to book a complimentary discovery call. Read more at www.ellabates.com

INNOVATEWORKTO Conference

Taking a Risk and be the new HR

Have you frequently heard HR referred to as the Police, the Cops and an overhead, not driving any revenue? We could all consider, instead being the new HR.  Imagine if HR stopped being risk adverse, stopped being so stringent and just policy and rules orientated and adapted with the information they have at hand. 

Get out of the bubble and into the business

Christine Song, Coinsquare

HR is more than just policies and procedures.  We are collaborators, sounding boards, people who understand others and, more importantly, understand how to help them achieve success! 

Get your head out of the policies

Christine Song, Coinsquare

The Behavior Equation – Why Focusing on Behavior Matters

There is both an art and a scientific side to HR.  HR’s major function should be to drive better business results through harmonious behaviors. 

Lewins’ Formula B=f (p, e)

Lewin said that Employee Engagement is the function of both personality and the environment and we know that personality is supremely static so we have to focus on what we can control, which is the environment in which they perform. 

The environment is created as a result of the behaviors so lets look at this like a story (Great analogies here!)  there is always a Villain, Superheroes and Impostors. 

Villains

The behaviors that cause chaos

Superheroes

The behaviors that cause harmony in the work place and where we should be focusing our time as HR & Leaders

Impostors

The behaviors that will NOT drive culture

You can put in a new system, but it sill won’t help guide people to do the right thing

Chuck Fornell, Pizza Pizza

All conversations from HR, and in the workplace as a whole, should make the person better in the end. 

Retention of the Next Generation

We need to attract and engage the youth coming into the workplace.  In order to gain them, their top three lists of wants were:

A Healthy Workplace – Time To Myself – Networking & Mentoring

“Retention”

How did it feel to hear that word in a Corporate Office?

Remembering, these millennial’s have a choice coming out of skill on where to work. 

This new generation are aware that they don’t know, what they don’t know

Brien Convery, RBC

Do you have a listening strategy – what are your co-op’s, student interns talking about, thinking? 

This new generation are tired of receiving old information from old people

Brien Convery, RBC

The Infinite Game

The higher up you go, the further away that you are from the customer

Stephen Shedletzky, Brand Voice

Let’s talk leadership – HR needs to focus on the will/motivation and their resources to stay in the game.  Its important for us to remember that Leaders serve the People who serve the End Customer

Let’s strive to make the people around you better

Stephen Shedletzky, Brand Voice

We need to have the courage to lead – constantly making value based decisions that put the people first.

Managers are directing Complexity, Leaders are creating Simplicity

Stephen Shedletzky, Brand Voice

An environment needs to be created in organizations where people can feel safe to be who they are.

The topics were presented by:  Brien Convery, Early Talent Acquisition, Attraction and Engagement – RBC.  Christine Song, Chief People Officer, Coinsquare.  Chuck Farrell, VP Human Resources, Pizza Pizza Limited, Stephen Shedletzky, Head of Brand Voice. 

Is Culture Fit Dead?

The fabulous Panel discussion was led by Josh Levine, Author of Great Mondays where we gained some great insights into culture in organizations. 

Culture is continuing to eat strategy for breakfast, leaders need to share the shifting mindset.  The challenge lies in convincing the leaders to make smart decisions based on their people.

If you want to innovate, we have to take the chance and bring in something and some people who are new.  What do our new staff bring that will disrupt, can they think in our vision or only survive where we are.  Lets get specific with the way we recruit. 

If people were to sit in the lobby of your organization, what would they see and hear?

Anna Petoso, The Weather Network

We need to lose the “bobblehead” employees, the culture needs to pivot within organizations.  Diversity of thought needs to be recognized and discussed, not just Diversity of Culture.

What a great Conference Work Tango! Thanks for all the insights.

The Panel included:  Anna Petosa, VP People, The Weather Network.  Kris Tierney, VP People & Culture, Dealer-FX.  Denine Das, Sr Director, People 7 Culture, TIFF (Toronto Internaitonal Film FestivaL), Paul Dodd, Head Canadian Engagement WilsonHCG


Ella Bates

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Owner of Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success,  Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry within Corporate and Higher Education. If you are looking for Corporate Training with high impact and long lasting results, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE

 

#100daysoflearning

    

#100daysoflearning

Join in our growth generation!  I want to start a social media experiment!  Can you imagine what would happen if everyone were to post what they had learned each day #100daysoflearning on social media, helping others grow, driving an awareness of personal growth, sharing positive learning!

I wonder just how our social media learning will change if enough of us do this?  How our lives will be enriched, how we can all move forward to a well-deserved enriched life?

I would love for you to come along for the journey!

WHY?

There are a lot of reasons why you should never stop learning, here are just a few of mine:

 

Self-Improvement is Mastery

When we decide to stop trying to better our life and learn new things, we are also saying stop to reaching our goals.  The best way to truly be a master is to look for a way to improve!

 If you are not using it you are losing it

Your mind is a muscle that needs exercise just like any other muscle in your body.  When you are used to learning new things, you then become more adaptable to changes.

Boost your Self Confidence

Imagine you discussing thoughts and ideas with confidence, backing them up with your newly learnt information.  When you put your mind to a new challenge, it can sometimes be surprising at what you are capable of achieving.  You will be able to make better decisions and quicker and you have access to all your new knowledge.

Boost your Happiness & Health

There is solid research that shows those who focus on your personal growth have lower stress levels, an improved immune system and a much better sleep (who doesn’t want that?).  Learning new skills also produces a mass of the feel-good hormone dopamine.

Broaden Your View

Many scientists believe that much of what we call creativity is simply the ability to translate skills and learned information into another setting. When you’re always learning you have a stronger knowledge base to approach problems from a different angle. You’ll also be able to make better decisions more quickly and confidently as you’ll have access to all your newly gained knowledge.

HOW & WHERE?

How did you used to learn as an adult?  Encylopedia, lessons at the local library?  Night school?

Our world of learning has changed dramatically today with professional and personal development at your fingertips in your pocket.

Learning is a lifelong commitment, it’s not just reserved for children and the young.  As adults we deserve and desire to grow, every single day we are faced with learning opportunities, maybe learning more about who we are, what are our capabilities, learning from our failures, relationships and there is an endless run of new questions and new answers.

The question is, how do you take massive conscious ACTION to make sure your learning continues?

WHERE TO LEARN?

There are many many places you can learn from free to huge investments, here is a small pick of my personal favourites.

  • Everyday situations – step back and look at your peripheral, what do you see, who do you see, what are they doing, why are they doing it, go back to being childlike and look at each situation with eyes of curiosity and intrigue.
  • Your favourite newsletters. blogs and magazines. Make time to read and learn from them.
  • Guides.co : A huge collection of online guides to pretty any topic you can imagine.
  • TED Ed : A super popular podcasts and videos that bring you lessons worth sharing
  • ITunes U: Yale, Harvard, and other top universities share lecture podcasts.
  • Youtube: Simply search for a topic you are interested in, chances are someone, somewhere has made a video about it.
  • Udemy: thousands of online training courses on anything development orientated ranging from free to high priced and 5 minutes to 20 hours.
  • Cook Smarts: Learn basic to advanced food prep and cooking techniques.
  • The Happiness Project: Why not just learn how to be happy? I’d give five minutes a day to that!

EASY TIPS FOR LEARNING

Day to day learning is available at your fingertips, here are just a few examples of how you can take advantage of these opportunities.

 

  • New vocabulary – heard a new word? Look it up!  These increases both your vocabulary and understanding of what others are communicating.
  • There is an old Chinese Proverb “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not, is a fool forever.” You can learn something from everyone, allow others to be a master. Asking is often perceived as a compliment, it shows you are willing to learn from them, you respect and recognize their experience, knowledge and perspective.
  • Share your knowledge – Social media is a perfect platform to share what you haven’t learnt.
  • Read anything, fiction or not.

Life Long Learning is a commitment, make it a habit, see every day as a brand new growth opportunity, to expand as a person and be a better version of yourself every day for a better life.

I challenge you today, find something new to learn every day, whether it benefits your mindset, your personal life, relationships, your career…..you deserve to expand as a person as every day is a brand new growth opportunity!

Your mission is to hashtag your daily learnings and share you’re your world to help them expand and grow with #100daysoflearning

I want to start a social media experiment!  Can you imagine what would happen if we were all to post #100daysoflearning on social media, helping others grow, driving an awareness of personal growth, sharing positive learning!

So, for the next 100 days, I’m going to be posting on social media honestly.  Maybe photographs, maybe a snapshot of my learning, maybe a link.  Some days will be tough learning opportunities and some days will be huge expansions of exciting learning; because that’s just how life is made up.

I wonder just how our social media learning will change if enough of us do this?  How our lives will be enriched, how we can all move forward to a well-deserved enriched life?

I would love for you to come along for the journey!

Join me by posting your #100daysoflearning on the social media platform of your choice, starting when you choose and join in the growth generation!

Let’s grow together!

Ella

 

Use your SUMMER Time Wisely!

Time management in the summer
SUMMER IS HERE!  Summer is one of those seasons that showcases all the relaxation and freedom of being in the sun and relaxing.  Is this always the case for you?  Maybe not and Summer Stress is very very real for some of us!  In fact, the summer season can be a huge period of overwhelm for some, childcare arrangements, summer camps, vacations, packing for camping, trailer time, family time, celebration time etc.  It’s a big upheaval for some!  Read my top tips for using the summertime to your advantage.

My top tips:ROUTINE ROUTINE ROUTINE:  Just because the kids aren’t in school, or you aren’t at work doesn’t mean we don’t crave routine, in fact, our brain CRAVES it!  We love to know what to expect.  Make the summer days just as routine based as you would your regular day, making more time for flexibility.  When you have something to look forward to in the day, you are motivated to enjoy the rest of the day too!GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION FOR DOWN-TIME:  Used to the everyday challenges and celebrations?  You can incorporate that into your day too.  Reading & Learning, Playing and Creativity, Physical Exercise, serving others – so many community events out there!  Use your downtime well and you will have a fun packed and fulfilled summer!PLAN PLAN PLAN:  Hands up, how many are thinking “summer is here and what’s the plan?”.  Have a pow-wow with yourself, your friends, family and significant others on your bucket list for the summer.  When you know what you would like to achieve, see and do over the summer, you can schedule it in!  Or make a bucket list for next year!No regrets!  Summer is ready for you, take advantage of the beauty of the outdoors, the learning opportunities, the reading opportunities, the opportunity to rest and recuperate!

 

Ella Bates

Ella Bates – Master Trainer

Owner of Trainingx3 the patented formula for guaranteed Corporate Training Success,  Ella has over 20 years in the Learning Industry.  If you are looking for high impact training in your organization with long lasting results, we would love to talk with you. CLICK HERE