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Electronic Newsletter                 Issue 2012-01


Jan. 2012



To help increase potential to produce results.





"Shirley is an excellent facilitator. When facilitating our team, her ability to remain impartial keeps everyone on track. Her ability to facilitate a productive meeting better utilizes everyone's time."

- Call Center Manager


"Shirley's energy and enthusiasm are excellent examples for the rest of us. I have seen many occasions when Shirley was able to get a group moving just because of the enthusiasm she showed on the topic at hand. That is very contagious." 

- Leadership Trng Manager


"If I had to pick the people who have had the most impact on the support team, Shirley would be at the top of the list. Through Shirley's leadership, team was able to set goals, adopt an organizational structure, and prioritize a list of action items."

- PC Support/Service Rep





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According to a University of Arizona teamwork study, there are more than 11 million formal meetings per day in the United States -  more than three billion meetings per year. Managers spend about 20% of their time in formal meetings of 5 people or more. A meeting between several managers or executives may cost upwards of $1000 per hour in salary costs alone.  A Fortune 50 company estimates losses in excess of $75 million per year due to poor meetings.



I have written before about using the Six Thinking Hats method for problem solving or decision-making meetings.  I have also introduced my Luck of the Draw mixer activity using paying cards to get people in training or team-building sessions to work with new participants instead of their regular work team.  Recently I read Perfect Phrases for Icebreakers by professional speakers Runion and Windingland.  In it they offer a new way to do four of the hat roles in a meeting using playing cards to assign different roles to members.  I thought it seemed like a quick way to get every aspect of a single solution to a problem or a potential decision reviewed, if there is not have enough time to do all the hats as a group. 


To start, each team member will draw a card from the playing deck.  Next the team members check to see what type of card they have so the facilitator can explain their roles.  Members with various suites play different roles:

  • Hearts are Advocates (Yellow)

  • Clubs are Opponents (Black)

  • Diamonds are “Yes, And” who state likes (Red)

  • Spades are “Yes, But” state data or dislikes (White)

  • Jokers or Aces are wild. 

Wild cards can play multiple roles, any role they choose, or I believe the facilitator could assign one of the other two hats (Blue or Green) to the wild cards.



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"It is not that we are short of time....It is the way that we treat time, even the way that we think about it. A time revolution..is the fastest way to make a giant leap in both happiness and effectiveness." Richard Koch 


FREE Time Management

e-Book for New Year !?!

If you are a Kindle Prime Member, you can get T.A.P.P. from the lending library for a limited time starting

Jan thru Feb. 2012. 



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Steps in

Time Management

ISBN# 1-4196-5367-9

This is a must-have

guide for personal

time management

in the 21st century.

TAPP Print Version

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A Meeting Wizard's Approach

ISBN# 1-4196-5367-9

 A no-nonsense and much-needed guide to planning and conducting meetings so that they are as productive, effectual, and smoothly run as possible. 

RARA Print Version

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Team Building Primer: A Start-up Guide for Developing Effective Teams, Committees, and Other Groups


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