A few weeks ago I went to a lovely, intimate event hosted by Business for a Better Portland (BBPDX). This was a casual networking event held at Sante’s Bar in Portland … and it worked so very well. We wanted to explore why. Many of us have a love-hate relationship with meetings. The reality is

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If you are a fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams you may remember that the “ultimate answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything” is “42.”  Of course, as it turns out, if you don’t know what the question is, the answer isn’t worth a damn. We often find people and

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I am sure you have been here… Early on at the team retreat, things start to go sideways as people come out of the gate “hot.” While you may be focused on an opening agenda item, people quickly jump ahead to get their stance out on the table. (Indeed, how much of a meeting takes

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Turns out building trust is more than team-building obstacle courses and trust falls. Building trust while doing the *work* is a practice that can be nurtured. As we know, we tend to veer toward what we put our focus on. In groups this means being willing to talk about and practice what you need to

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We think a LOT about how to help you get better at meeting your mission. So many fabulous people and organizations we work with start every day wanting to make the world a better place. Yet the best of us can still struggle. Many organizations start with strategic planning to create a guide for achieving

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If you have flown for work, you might have noticed that sensation of being “nowhere.” For the suspended time after you settle into your seat, you no longer have a sense of place. You barely notice your surroundings and, frankly, your sense of “purpose” dwindles down to how you will pass the next few hours,

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