Easthampton, MA – Ann Latham has been invited to speak at the 2013 ASTD International Conference. This conference, which will be held in Dallas on May 19-22, is the premier event for training and development professionals from all over the world. It typically attracts more than 8000 visitors from over 70 countries. Sessions will showcase the latest trends, case studies from major companies, and new content on core topics of interest to the profession.
Easthampton, MA – Ann Latham’s second volume of Clear Thoughts, featuring 33 concise, powerful, and pragmatic articles from her globally popular newsletter of the same name, has just been published. These articles will shift your thinking and help you get better results in half the time. (more…)
The Society for the Advancement of Consulting® has asked its global members to comment on what, if anything, most businesses should do about privacy as it relates to the Internet, social media, and related areas. “There is confusion about legal, ethical, and pragmatic policies,” observes SAC CEO Alan Weiss, PhD. “Here are two conclusions summarizing our findings.”
“Some expectations of digital privacy may seem reasonable, but they are irrelevant,” says Ann Latham of Uncommon Clarity, a Massachusetts consulting firm (http://UncommonClarity.com). “Every transmission, whether text or image, whether sent via email, Facebook, text message, or other mechanism, has the ability to come back and haunt you.” Latham recommends you save topics like love, anger, and gossip for private conversation. “If you would be embarrassed to show your grandmother, you probably shouldn’t send it at all.” (more…)
Easthampton, MA – Ann Latham, president of Uncommon Clarity, Inc., will be speaking at the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s 2012 Conference and Expo in Marlborough, MA on October 25th. Her topic is “Uncommon Meetings – Better Results in Half the Time.”
Ms. Latham has “never met a meeting that couldn’t be improved by dropping 15 – 30 minutes out of every hour.” She goes on to explain that all the clever ideas scattered across the Internet do nothing to address the root cause of ineffective meetings. Removing the chairs is one example of such nonsense. “Making me uncomfortable might make me eager to leave but it certainly won’t make me better able to listen and think.” Another example is to require agendas. “That guarantees nothing more than the proliferation of agendas, many of which are simply recipes for how you will waste your time.” (more…)
Easthampton, MA – Ann Latham has been invited to blog for ASTD, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field. Her first posting appeared on May 15th in the Human Capital Practices blog. “Whom Should I Invite to My Decision?” is the title of this first entry and you can read it by visiting ASTD. (more…)
Easthampton, MA – Ann Latham will be presenting a full-day workshop on “Uncommon Commitment” in Minneapolis on September 26th. The event will be held at the Earle Brown Center and is sponsored by PMI-Minnesota. “The value of commitment is generally understood,” says Latham. “With commitment, you can accomplish amazing things. Without it, the simplest initiatives become stormy, iceberg-filled seas.” (more…)
East Greenwich, RI – The Society for the Advancement of Consulting® has asked its global members to to comment on what, if anything, for-profits can learn from non-profits. “Peter Drucker claimed the Girl Scouts were the best run organization in the U.S.,” says SAC® CEO Alan Weiss, PhD. “so why don’t we examine what can be learned and transferred?” (more…)
The SAC® Release
January 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Society for the Advancement of Consulting®
East Greenwich, RI – The Society for the Advancement of Consulting® has asked its global members to highlight the wisdom (or lack thereof) of turning to external, expert resources. “We, as consultants, are often those resources,” says SAC® CEO Alan Weiss, PhD. “but even we believe that there are times to use us and times not to.”
“If you don’t know whether you need outside help, you probably do,” says Ann Latham, president of Uncommon Clarity, Inc. (http://www.uncommonclarity.com), a consulting firm in Massachusetts. “As soon as you step outside your core strengths, you are experimenting. If you have the time to play around, or the matter is quite unimportant, external resources may not be worth the investment. On the flip side, there is no substitute for knowing what you are doing. Most companies cannot afford to play around, take the slow route, or waste time heading down the wrong path.” (more…)
Uncommon Meetings is short and powerful, just as every meeting should be. People who follow these seven tips will definitely get better results in half the time.How many total hours are you and your employees spending in meetings each month? What would it be worth to you if you could cut that time in half, dramatically improve the results, and reduce the number of attendees? Start saving that time and money now! Read this book today!
“‘Uncommon Meetings’ is a must read for everyone in any organization, not just top management.”
Al Kasper, President & COO, Savage Sports Corporation
“To achieve your desired outcomes in less time and with fewer people, read this book! It has great tips and memorable examples for improving meetings and is concise and clear as well. All and all, a huge value for anyone who spends a lot of time in meetings as I do.”
Simon Lingard, Director of R&D, Aspen Technology, Inc.
August 27, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Uncommon Clarity, Inc.
EASTHAMPTON, MA – Latham Invited to Speak for Purchasing Management Association Western New England
Ann Latham has been invited to present “SOAR through Decisions™ with Clarity” for the Purchasing Management Association Western New England. The event is October 20, 2011 at 5:00pm at the Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke, Massachusetts and includes dinner. Latham, president of Uncommon Clarity, Inc., says, “Whether in the executive suite or on the factory floor, whether individually or in groups, your efficiency and effectiveness are governed by how well and how quickly you make decisions.” She goes on to explain that we make thousands of decisions every day, many of which bog us down, and yet most people have never been taught how to make better decisions faster. For more information, visit the PMAWNE website. (more…)