Chris Gift

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Meet a Couple More Meeting Killers

Jun 12, 2012 by Chris Gift in leadership & facilitation (2 minute read)

Running a good meeting is not simply about controlling the tempo and topic of the meeting, but also about managing the different personalities in attendance.

In a recent edition of the Wall Street Journal, there was an article covering this topic entitled Meet the Meeting Killers, in which they describe four types of co-workers who frequently disrupt meetings: the Jokester, the Dominator, the Naysayer and the Rambler.

For each, the post offers a behavioral description and suggestions on how to neutralize or convert them into supporters.

However I think they missed a couple others which I've often encountered: the Lurker, who's relatively harmless, and the Passive-Aggressive Attacker, who's dangerous and incredibly annoying. So how do you deal with these and why bother?

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Topics: leadership & facilitation

Emergency! What SCUBA Dive Instruction Can Teach You About Responding to a Business Crisis

Apr 26, 2012 by Chris Gift in leadership & facilitation (3 minute read)

A few years ago as a hobby, I became a SCUBA Instructor. It was a great weekend gig that kept me outside, in the water, and interacting with divers eager to learn about our oceans.

To ensure I knew what I was doing in the unlikely event of an emergency, I attended Emergency First Responder (EFR) training. It wasn't anything fancy, but it was enough given that we were rarely far from a 911 call.

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Topics: leadership & facilitation