Dick and Emily Axelrod in The Dallas Morning News

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Dick and Emily Axelrod in The Dallas Morning News

"Ugh — meetings. They’re where productivity goes to die, right?” Not if you follow the Axelrods’ Meeting Canoe approach. Their “narrow at the ends and wide in the middle” shape of a canoe allows a meeting to follow a defined pattern: Welcome, Connect, Discover, Elicit, Decide, Attend.

The welcome does more than greet people; it identifies purpose and creates a mindset. Meeting leaders should arrive early and put the agenda on the board. As attendees arrive, they should be encouraged to add to parts of the agenda.

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