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Breaking the Brainstorming Habit

When I first became a trained mediator in the mid-90s, brainstorming was all the rage. Management journals touted the benefits of hosting in-person, group brainstorming to promote creativity in organizations.  Leadership associations sponsored trainings on how to lead visual brainstorming activities in meetings.  In fact, mediation course curriculums always included…

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What You Can Do to Make Your Next Meeting More Effective

If you are responsible for an item on a meeting agenda, apply these simple criteria to make sure the time you are given is productive for everyone attending the meeting. Do you want discussion? NO:  If the answer is no, be sure to advise attendees right away that this part…

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Helping Employees Get the Most out of Meetings

The larger the group, the less responsibility each individual group member may feel for contributing to the efforts and overall success of the group.  In essence, the more people present in the room or in the meeting, the easier it is for each individual person to feel less motivated and…

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ADR VANTAGE, INC. NAMES TARA B. TAYLOR AS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR

ADR Vantage, Inc. is delighted to announce the selection of Tara B. Taylor, MPA as its new Managing Director. Tara has worked as a contractor for ADR Vantage since 2016 and has already built a strong reputation with many current clients and stakeholders. At ADR Vantage, Tara will provide leadership…

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Returning After the Shutdown

Federal employees returning to work after the shutdown might be feeling less than enthusiastic about picking up where they left off. Few people anticipated that the shutdown would go on for so long, and many employees have been working without pay. To support returning employees, and to return to normalcy…