Back to Back Issues Page newsletter #013 Organization & The Abilene Paradox
October 11, 2005

Oct - Management for the Rest of Us

As the leaves fall of the trees, I can celebrate the coming Autumn (hey I'm British!) with the satisfaction of having been writing this newsletter for a year, and having received excellent and interesting feedback en-route. Thanks to you I want to keep this going, even if it means writing at 3am whilst rocking a teething baby!

I've recently joined a community group looking at healthcare service provision in my rural community. This newly formed, disparate group of professionals and public reminded me of the Abilene paradox, where a group simultaneously works toward the common good and undermines itself. This behaviour is common in groups, recently formed or not, and I was motivated to write 7 tips for effective communication in business meetings, for avoiding this un-productive behaviour.

I cashed in a favour for "my" second article on how to get organized. Mr Disorganized himself, Roger Elliott, Managing Director of Uncommon Knowledge Ltd, was kind enough to write his 7 tips on how to become more organized at work. Getting someone else to write your articles is what I call effective delegation!

Warm Regards
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Lyndsay Swinton

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1. The Abilene Paradox: 7 Tips for Effective Communication in Business Meetings
Avoid visiting the dusty, hot far away town of Abilene, by following these 7 tips for effective communication in business meetings.....

2. 7 Tips to Get Organized: By Mr Disorganized Himself
Recently, my team and I have completed an organizational process that has revolutionised the way we work, and multiplied productivity, focus and effectiveness. Here are my 7 tips for those of you who, like me, thought yourselves terminally disorganized. (from guest writer, Roger Elliott, managing director of Uncommon Knowledge Ltd)......


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