Supporters share candid feedback at Green Source DFW brainstorming session

By Julie Thibodeaux. Photos by Karl Thibodeaux.  An enthusiastic group of greenies turned out for the Green Source DFW brainstorming session on Thursday night. The open meeting, held at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, was assembled to get input from readers about the direction of the publication.

“It was a really good group and a broad cross section of the green community,” said GSDFW editor Phillip Shinoda.

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Resolve To Be More Professional

By Kerry Preston.  New Year’s resolutions are common in our personal lives. If you’re like most Americans, eating less, exercising more, and spending more quality time with family are at the top of your list.

We strive to make lifestyle changes that will positively impact our everyday lives. So when we as working people spend nearly every day at work, why are New Year’s resolutions rarely applied to our professional lives? I say, resolve to be more professional in 2012 and make a lasting, positive impact on your career for life.

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Latest MSNBC Interview

Dollars & Sense: Employee Performance Reviews

One of the best ways to inspire your team and promote growth is through the often dreaded employee performance review.

Quick Tips on Conducting a Performance Review:
1. Be organized
2. Begin with the positive
3. When reviewing areas that need improvement, offer clear solutions
4. Offer an incentive for improvement

This month, MSNBC’s JJ Ramberg interviewed Kim Zoller about productive performance reviews. You can watch this interview here, or click the link at the bottom of the page in order to go directly to the MSNBC website.

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In our last post, we let you know that JJ Ramberg would be interviewing Kim Zoller about running effective meetings. You can watch here, or click the link at the bottom of the page in order to go directly to the MSNBC website.

Feel free to leave comments; let us know what you think. We would be interested to know about some of your best, and even worst meeting stories.



Kim Zoller’s MSNBC Interview

MSNBC Interview

It is 10:00 AM on a Monday morning. Alex finds herself sitting in a bleak conference room staring at a clock. She runs over her to do list in her head; there are so many things that she has to accomplish today. While she is siting there, with a glazed look in her eye, her office’s weekly meeting is being conducted around her. She becomes irritated as people talk over each other. Nobody seems to have a point. One woman complains about the mess in the office microwave, another man asks for thoughts on this month’s productivity report. “Who is running this thing?”Alex thinks to herself as she wishes that the clock would strike 11:00.

How many times do we find ourselves feeling like Alex, sitting in a meeting that we think is a waste of time? According to a recent study by Microsoft corp, we are not alone in this sentiment. They found that on average people in the U.S. spend 5.5 hours each week in meetings; 71% feel that meetings aren’t productive.

What a waste of time! In this economy time is money. There has never been a greater need for efficiently run meetings.

MSNBC’s talk show,”Your Business,” hosted by JJ Ramberg, focuses on the world of America’s small business entrepreneurs, featuring profiles, news, advice and tips. They came to Image Dynamics and asked Kim Zoller how and why we should conduct efficient and productive meetings.

Some of the items Kim will discuss with JJ include:

  • Effective agendas
  • Effective facilitation
  • Effective and individualized action plans

To hear more about conducting effective meetings, you can tune in to watch Kim Zoller on MSNBC’s “Your Business” Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 7:30 AM EST/6:30 AM CST.