212: How to Maximize Standing Meetings and More Questions, with Bonni Stachowiak
Published October 5, 2015
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    Bonni Stachowiak
    Teaching in Higher Ed
    We mentioned a recent article that featured Bonni’s podcast in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Improving My Teaching via Podcast
    Question from Jane
    As a new migrator from China who continues career (IT area specifically) in a western country, I wonder whether you can provide some advice what are the major barriers for us migrators to move up to a manager position. If you could provide some insights from employer's point of view would be super helpful.

    Bonni mentioned the work of Geert Hofstede on power distance and other cultural dynamics. Another resource is his book Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind*.
    Question from Michael
    I am an avid listener and enjoy the show. I am a VP, Sales/Director of Client Services managing a remote team of 11. We have a 30 minute weekly team meeting for which we do set an agenda and stick to it. However, I feel that most of this information can probably be communicated via email. I speak to each person at least once a day and I schedule 1:1 meetings once per month and wondered what your thoughts are on weekly team meetings that are not project related? Is there any benefit to having them or will canceling them have a negative impact?

    Dave mentioned episode 173 of Carnegie Coach: Three Ways to a Great Standing Meeting

    Here are the three agenda items Dave suggested for standing meetings:

    A recent accomplishment
    A recent lesson learned others may benefit from
    Where you most need assistance

    Question from Christina
    My division of my company was just merged with another company, a company that has a rather different business model and philosophy than the one I've been with for 12 years. I am wondering if you have any suggestions on how to handle the various potential challenges that come along with mergers? Aside from the uncertainty of security (which I am mostly comfortable with), it's expect there to be some struggles with meshing into a company that appears to want to eliminate or change a lot of our processes. Is it good to push back and try to demonstrate why our model may be a good fit with their model? Or do I just concede that the new company's way is "the" way?

    Bonni and Dave mentioned the Robert Cialdini video on the Science of Persuasion, based on his bestselling book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion*.
    Question from Danielle
    I am in the process of creating a presentation for a training that will focus on our new employee evaluation system. More specifically, one section of the training will hone in "goal-setting," however the supervisors create the goals ahead of time and ask the employees to sign off on them. My question is, how can I develop content on "goal-setting," if the employees goals are already "set" for them? If you have any resources or words of wisdom that could assist me in this process, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Bonni and Dave mentioned The Checklist Manifesto* by Atul Gawande. He also wrote a more recent bestseller, Being Mortal*.

    Dave also mentioned two Coaching for Leaders resources:

    What To Do When Employees Hesitate On Long-Term Goals
    Coaching for Leaders episode 15: Get Specific With Goals

    Question from Marco
    I am a huge fan of your podcast. It has pretty much been the sole source of our growth of management and leadership for my brother and I and I am currently heading a leadership curriculum where I use your podcast as a "text book."

    I wanted to reach out because sometimes it is hard for me to apply the knowledge I am learning to our businesses.

    It is difficult to apply several of these episodes to our managers and shift leads because our employees don't have any prior knowledge or experience in leadership or management an...
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