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Bhikkhu Bodhi. Arahants, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas, by Ven.

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Bhikkhu Bodhi(2010; 24pp./73KB) For centuries, Theravada's arahant ideal and Mahayana's bodhisattva ideal have served as lightning rods of contention between these two schools of Buddhism. In fact, the author argues, a healthy and integrated Buddhist practice requires respect of both ideals. The Buddha and His Dhamma, by Bhikkhu Bodhi(2006; 14pp./41KB) In these two lectures, delivered to an audience with almost no prior knowledge of Buddhism, Ven. A Buddhist Response to Contemporary Dilemmas of Human Existence, by Ven. In this essay, presented at an interfaith conference in Sri Lanka, the author describes the "radical secularization" of human life that lies at the root of the manifold social problems in the modern world.

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha of Acariya Anuruddha, general editor Bhikkhu Bodhi, pali text originally edited and translated by Mahathera Narada(1995; 20pp./60KB) Ven. 9 Science-Backed Methods for a Happier, More Productive Meeting. If you have ever wanted to pop an escape hatch or teleport to distant worlds just to get out of a meeting, take heart.

9 Science-Backed Methods for a Happier, More Productive Meeting

There are ways to hold a better meeting. Forward-thinking companies have found creative ways to get their teams together, and their lessons and structure can be easily duplicated in meetings anywhere. These creative methods aren’t just clever for cleverness’s sake: Most of them are science-backed and all of them are grounded in successful experience. With just a handful of hacks, meetings can be speedier, more productive, and more enjoyable for everyone involved. Here are 9 outside-the-box ideas—and the science and success behind them—that you can discuss … at your next meeting, I guess. 5 Things to Do Before the Meeting Begins. We have all shown up to that meeting.

5 Things to Do Before the Meeting Begins

The one with no purpose. The one with no advance notice or details. And the one where no one could even find where the meeting was being held. It ends up being a waste of everyone’s time. How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting. Executive Summary To prevent holding a meeting in which participants are unprepared, veer off-track, or waste the team’s time, you should create an effective meeting agenda that sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during the meeting.

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

Seek input from your team members to ensure the agenda reflects their needs and keeps them engaged. If your entire team is meeting, then the issues discussed should affect everyone present and require the whole team’s effort to solve. Do You Need That Meeting? I’m sitting in Kevin Hoffman‘s session at UI18 on Running Better Meetings.

Do You Need That Meeting?

He makes good arguments about facilitation and visual thinking and how they impact the quality of what happens during meetings. But after my experience at WordPress.com, where meetings were rare, I now struggle to comprehend how many meetings most workplaces have. What evidence is there that we need these things? Many people complain about how much time they spend in meetings, yet the meetings go on. Do You Really Need to Hold That Meeting? Solution Saturday: 10 Ways to Shorten Long Meetings. Solution Saturday: 10 Ways to Shorten Long Meetings Great meetings create efficiency.

Solution Saturday: 10 Ways to Shorten Long Meetings

It’s Solution Saturday. The problem I’d like us to solve is spending too much time in long meetings. One CEO said she has to take her work home at night because her days are spent in meetings. “… one either meets or one works. Cut Your Meeting Time by 90% Meetings Are Toxic. Do you really need a meeting?

Meetings Are Toxic

Meetings usually arise when a concept isn't clear enough. Instead of resorting to a meeting, try to simplify the concept so you can discuss it quickly via email or im or Campfire. The goal is to avoid meetings. Have More Meetings (But Keep Them Short) Meetings are often the bane of many a creative’s existence, especially those working for a big outfit.

Have More Meetings (But Keep Them Short)

“Death by meeting” is a common complaint, the lament usually being one of frequency, length, or lack of productivity. Despite the many books written on the subject, meetings remain a sore spot for many. There may be a practical solution. One of the most interesting things I observed over the eight years I spent as a creative advisor to Toyota was how a team of designers or engineers working on the same project might hold several short meetings over the course of the day—sometimes as many a five different times.

9 Science-Backed Methods for a Happier, More Productive Meeting. Productivity Hacks: I Want My Employees to Stand Around. A Checklist for Planning Your Next Big Meeting. In theory, everyone understands that preparation can make or break an important meeting. The more work you do before you walk into the room, the more productive and efficient you’ll be. But who has the time to properly prepare? Our checklist makes meeting prep quick and easy—be sure to print it out or save it for later. Each step is described in more detail below. Using the checklist and the principles behind it will ensure that you’ve covered all your bases—and that you won’t be wasting anyone’s time (including your own).

Identify the purpose of the meeting. Meetin.gs - Scheduling & Calendaring Meetings. Meeting Planning, How To Create an Agenda, Step-by-Step. GroupMap - Collaborative brainstorming. What are facilitation and moderation. A quick addendum about facilitation and moderation on online spaces before a longer post about strategy.

What are facilitation and moderation

Pete Ferne and Dan Dixon grouping a mindmap at The Media Sandbox community launch event. Are they facilitating, moderating, re-purposing, or nothing at all? Facilitation: Is largely around helping people connect, share, and learn together; disrupting the walls that keep them apart, understanding the purpose behind their interactions and assisting them achieve this in the longer term. Knowing who they are and how they interact, and not dragging them into communal contexts they would naturally shy away from or drive others wild with rage.

Understanding where the knowledge lies in the network and how to approach it. How To Stop Groupthink And Make Meetings More Productive. Everyone has had bad experiences in meetings at work.

How To Stop Groupthink And Make Meetings More Productive

Meeting picture from Shutterstock Perhaps you’ve been subjected to weekly or even daily “feed-forward” briefings in which someone one pay-grade higher insists on reviewing information that everyone could much more efficiently receive in another form. Or there is the “clueless session,” in which someone who is supposed to solve a problem on his or her own, but hasn’t, calls a meeting instead.

How to Refocus a Meeting After Someone Interrupts. You did everything you were supposed to do: Invited all the right people, sent out an agenda in advance, and got everyone’s agreement on the process. Despite your diligence, your meeting is being hijacked. 10 Etiquette Rules For Meetings That Every Professional Needs To Know. Mike Nudelman / Business Insider Even if you dread them, meetings put you in front of coworkers and bosses who you may not work with on a regular basis.

That means how you conduct yourself in them may leave a lasting impression. Is it acceptable to eat during a meeting, or check your phone? Should you be the person asking questions at the end? If broken, the unwritten rules of meeting professionalism may damage your reputation. To get a better idea of how to maintain a positive, professional image while in a meeting, we reached out to Barbara Pachter, career coach and author of the book "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette," who gave us 10 rules you should know: 1.

Make sure you come on time and prepare for the meeting ahead of time, says Pachter. Leadership Lesson: Tools for Effective Team Meetings - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Team - Faculty Vitae - Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) - Member Communities. By Yvette Pigeon, Ed.D., and Omar Khan, M.D., M.H.S. Effective meetings are not only integral to achieve team goals and successful completion of tasks, but also are reflective overall of team functioning (Heinemann & Zeiss, 2002). Effective Meetings Produce Results: Twelve Tips for Meeting Planning and Management - Before the Meeting. People spend so much time in meetings that turning meeting time into sustained results is a priority for successful organizations.

Actions that make meetings successful require management before, during, and after the meeting. If you neglect any one of these meeting management opportunities, your meetings will not bear the fruit you desire from the time you invest in meeting. Take these twelve meeting management actions to guide attendees to achieve expected, positive, and constructive outcomes. Before the Meeting to Ensure Effective Meetings Actions before the meeting establish the groundwork for accomplishing meeting results. Plan the Meeting. Meeting Basics, Six Tips for More Effective Meetings. 1. 5 keys to effective project meetings. Five weeeeeeeeird tips for great meetings. Meetings aren’t exactly the most popular workplace activity, as illustrated by this passage from the book jPod by Douglas Coupland: Here’s my theory about meetings and life; the three things you can’t fake are erections, competence and creativity.

Empathy Is Key to a Great Meeting. Yes, we all hate meetings. Yes, they are usually a waste of time. And yes, they’re here to stay. Use Your Staff Meeting for Peer-to-Peer Coaching. One of the unintended consequences of the constant right-sizing and flattening of our organizations is that we now live in a world where managers just don’t have time to do all that’s required of them in their daily jobs, let alone find time for coaching their employees.

How to Get Your Team to Coach Each Other. No one grows as a leader without the support of other people. Effective peer-to-peer coaching can offer the encouragement people need to overcome the fear of starting something new. Peer coaches, like professional coaches, can also hold their “clients” accountable for moving in a new direction. Action Planning Guide. The Right Way to End a Meeting. A common complaint among managers is that the conversations they have with employees aren’t producing results: “We keep talking about the same issue over and over, but nothing seems to ever happen!” That’s because most managers are missing a vital skill: the ability to deliberately close a conversation. If you end a conversation well, it will improve each and every interaction you have, ultimately creating impact.

Meetings are really just a series of conversations — an opportunity to clarify issues, set direction, sharpen focus, and move objectives forward. To maximize their impact, you need to actively design the conversation. While the overall approach is straightforward – and may seem like basic stuff — not enough managers are actually doing this in practice: The 7 Worst Ways To End A Meeting. You may run a great meeting, but if you're doing any of these seven things at the very end, you're wasting your efforts and your employees' time. October 11, 2013.