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Top 5 Things to Do in Portland, Maine in Just 15 Minutes

April 19, 2016

There are so many unique adventures in Downtown Portland, it was hard to choose just five. These are some of my favorite things for a short break from work, or between other activities. If you want more, please contact BreakTogether. We help people get to know Portland better, one break at a time.   The following adventures include walking time from most areas of Downtown Portland: 1. Walk to the waterfront. You can probably make it to the water in 5 minutes from most Downtown businesses. In the summer, I love to walk along the pier between Portland Lobster Company and DiMillo’s and check out the beautiful boats and yachts. It’s also a great seagull and people watching location. 2. Check out the views! We have so many places with views in our city. One of my favorites is the top of the parking garage at the corner of Fore and Pearl Streets. The views in every direction are breathtaking. There are great vistas from most of the garages, but this is my favorite, by the Custom House. 3. Ice Cream in a Secret Garden. We wait all winter for green to appear, and ice cream seems to be...

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4 Steps to Better Meetings

April 12, 2016

For many of us working in offices and tech environments, our days are spent running from meeting to meeting with virtually no time in between. Yet there is a growing body of evidence that meetings are not the best use of our time. Click here for an eye-opening CALCULATOR published by Harvard Business Review, to provide a cost estimate of meeting time. One national company used the calculator to determine the cost of a weekly check-in meeting with mid-level managers. They learned that the meeting was costing them $3 Mil a year and many people had provided feedback that it wasn’t productive. It had been going on for years. These steps below were initiated by the Chief Technology Officer at my previous company. They include suggestions for meeting organizers and participants.  I hope this helps to make even one meeting better for you and your company or to eliminate a meeting altogether! STEP 1: Shorter Meetings Unless there are strict rules within your company (hard to imagine), stop scheduling 1-hour meetings! You can set meetings for 45 minutes to give yourself time for reflection or time to walk from one meeting to the next. You can also set a meeting for...

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