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Virtual Meeting

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about weekend plans or the lunch menu while attending a business meeting? While this can happen during any meeting, virtual meetings are particularly susceptible to distracted and unfocused participants. When attending a meeting outside a physical office, participants can easily find themselves distracted in their casual environment. It’s easy to check out when you’re “watching’’ a meeting. When you’re leading a virtual meeting, beware of participants slipping into observer mode. You want to minimize this. It’s also important to realize that the sense of accountability changes when participants are not face-to-face. Even well intended, well-disciplined meeting members can find it difficult to maintain focus when attending a virtual meeting. While this post is about minimizing distraction, it’s very important that you, the meeting organizer, have a high level of employee/participant trust. This sets the stage. Trust that the participants are paying attention. There will be small … Continue reading

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We’ve all been behind drivers who fail to notice when a light turns green, even worse when it turns red,  or who cross several lanes of traffic, seemingly unaware of the squealing brakes in their wake. What might cause drivers to make these potentially deadly mistakes? Distractions.  According to the U.S. Department of transportation, 18% of traffic accidents in 2010 were all caused by distracted drivers.  Distractions are cited as a major cause of human error across many arenas. In 2009 the New York Times reported that a commercial pilot flew 150 miles past his destination. When asked by a controller about what happened, the pilot cited “cockpit distractions.” A study published by MedPage revealed that surgery residents committed eight times as many errors during simulated procedures when faced with realistic distractions than when they completed procedures without distractions. E-learning training programs and distraction…  As much as we might like to … Continue reading

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