Welcome to the Future of Work
We enable you to design new strategies for orchestrating powerful conversations that drive organizational innovation.
Do you spend time in meetings thinking about the “real work” you are not getting done, or holding your smartphone in your lap and sneaking a peek at your email inbox to see what’s going on out there in the real world? Or have you ever sent a surreptitious text asking a colleague to call you out of a meeting for some fake crisis or phone call from a “client” that just can’t wait?
Well, we have a simple message for you:
It doesn’t have to be that way.
We are a meeting design strategy firm, dedicated to the proposition that meetings can be meaningful, productive, and even fun – all at the same time.
Employee engagement is at an all-time low — According to a 2013 Gallup survey, more than 70% of the workforce is not engaged.
In the average company about 20 percent of employees are actively disengaged! As a result of the recession over the past several years, workers are more bummed out, burned out, and stressed out than ever. A survey by Right Management at the depth of the Great Recession found that 83 percent of the workforce intended to look for a new job when the economy improved and another 9 percent were networking to explore possibilities. That means you could be at risk of losing more than 90 percent of your workforce!
We can show you how changing the way people in your organization orchestrate meetings and talk with each other can attract and retain exceptional people, leverage their innate talents, and increase their productivity. Engage us to teach you and your staff how to thrive in a world that’s being turned upside down by technology, globalization, demographics, and environmental challenges.
We know how to design and lead employee conversations and other experiences that produce high-performing teams and highly engaged employees.
Why are There So Many Bad Meetings?
There don’t seem to be any definitive statistics about how many meetings are held every day, but the estimates we have seen (and recalculated ourselves) suggest that there are somewhere between eleven and twenty-four million corporate meetings a day in the United States alone. Even though that is a wide range, we are confident that there at least four billion meetings a year! However, as we are fond of saying, no one we know is dying for that next meeting to start.
Yet most people who work in offices today spend most of their time in meetings of one kind or another. Some studies claim that project team leaders and department managers typically spend between 40 percent and 60 percent of their work week in meetings of one kind or another. That amounts to well over 20 hours a week, not counting the time they spend preparing for those meetings or writing up post-meeting reports.
The changing nature of work has enormous implications for how we structure organizations, manage people, and design workplaces. Some organizations are already leveraging the new ways of working; others are struggling to understand what the future means.
Getting from today to tomorrow in a cost-effective manner is the most significant leadership challenge facing senior executives today. We provide guidance and tools that enable you to create compelling pictures of the future and build a collaborative culture that turns your dreams into reality.
We bring decades of experience in strategic thinking, business case analysis, conversational facilitation, and change leadership to organizations seeking to make a difference for customers, employees, shareholders, and the community at large.
We are a proud sponsor and a co-founder of the Great Work Cultures initiative. With our friends and colleagues we are raising a big tent that welcomes a glorious diversity of respectful work culture practices and leaders. Working together, we are creating a new norm for workplace cultures that optimize worker effectiveness and human happiness [click on either of these images to go directly to the Great Work Culture’s website – and sign up to join the movement and become a champion today!]
We actively support the initiative’s shared goal of moving work cultures towards the values and practices of Respect and Empower.
Contact us today for a free initial conversation about to take charge of the future of work in your own organization.