Dulye & Co. was featured recently in Newsday's Small Business column. Read below for an excerpt and link to the full article:
No one likes sitting through a boring, pointless staff meeting, yet that's what many of us have to do on a daily or weekly basis.
If you're looking to avoid a roomful of employees' dull stares at your next staff meeting, you need to find ways to break out of the traditional meeting mold, and that starts with doing less talking and more listening, say experts.
"Meetings aren't just for the big boss and the manager with the biggest title to do all the talking," says Linda Dulye, president of Dulye & Co., a Warwick, N.Y.-based management workplace consultancy. "It's a staff meeting and needs to be communally owned."
Input from staff is critical if you're going to move beyond just a one-sided information share.
"We want people to be engaged at the meeting," says Dulye. "You shouldn't pay people to be spectators."
Build engagement That's why she recommends that each meeting have a co-facilitator who can help design the agenda and help lead the meeting. You'd rotate this position among employees. It not only creates engagement within the meeting, but also gives you insight into employees' most pressing concerns, she says.
Create an agenda that can go out at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting so people can prepare and you can keep the meeting on course, Dulye advises. ...
Thanks to audience evaluations of Dulye & Co. president Linda Dulye's presentation at IABC’s 2010 World Conference in Toronto in June, Linda has been rated an All-Star Speaker by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for the third-consecutive year. As a result, she has earned the prestigious "IABC recommended speaker" designation.
Dulye & Co. and Thermo Fisher Scientific Strike Gold!
Our work on transforming Thermo Fisher Scientific's Town Hall Meetings earned a 2010 Gold Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators. The Gold Quill Award recognizes outstanding achievement in communication.
And here's why: Dulye & Co.'s Global Town Hall Meeting Improvement Program, developed for our valued Thermo Fisher Scientific client, has received the 2009 IABC Silver Quill Award of Excellence in the Employee Communication category.
Thanks goes to our client partner, Ginger Kuenzel, Director of Employee Communications for Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Dulye & Co. Senior Strategic Consultant Bev Pierce for making this possible.
Read more about our Spectator-Free Workplace™ solutions for Town Halls in the case study for this work and contact us with any questions.
Today, Linda Dulye was featured in an article about the recent movement to bring new energy to town hall meetings.
For organizations thinking about taking town halls online, Obama’s event provided much to emulate, say communications pros — starting with the way the president invited people to take part, via one of his own videos at WhiteHouse.gov. Linda Dulye, president of communication and change management firm L.M. Dulye & Co. in Warwick, N.Y., gives Obama the thumbs-up for the personalized approach — and says you should do the same.
“Whatever senior leader is hosting the town hall needs to be the voice of the invitation,” says Dulye, who counsels corporate clients on town hall events. “Don’t have the invitation coming from the admin.” The intended audience will take the invitation more seriously when the request is personal.