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Forget the water cooler: Try a powwow

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Gather everyone in your office (or on your team, if you work for a large company) for a quick morning huddle to create a more efficient company culture.

Morning meetings work for a lot of companies, according to a recent article in Inc., including Chantilly, Va.-based consulting firm Citizant. Persuade your boss by using this real business as a model for setting up your own:

Keep the meeting short by hearing each person’s top priority in eight to 15 seconds. At Citizant, verbalizing the day’s top priorities keeps people focused and increases their productivity. “Once they’ve said it, people stick to what they’ve said,” says CEO Raymond Roberts.

Let staff share information about outside appointments, which eliminates inefficient one-on-one conversations and e-mail strings during the day, says Roberts.

Build camaraderie. “Huddles are great equalizers because everyone from the receptionist to the CEO is in that room,” says Roberts.

Hold it at an odd time, such as 8:43 am. That gets everyone thinking in increments of minutes and subtly influences the meeting’s pace, says Roberts. Cue employees to show up by setting a musical clip to play on their computers.


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