Just Think Why not invite spouses to your regular company meetings where employees ask questions of top management? Inland Steel of Chicago does this, and many people take advantage of it. It demonstrates a significant message: "We realize how important your family is to you, and they are important to the company as well."

Source: Positive Leadership, Ragan Communications

A step into New York's new Dylan is a step back in time. In his first-ever hotel project, well-known Jeffrey Beers has restored a 1903 Beaux-Arts gem of a building on 41st Street, between Park and Madison Avenues, to the tune of $30 million. Now reopened as a classic boutique hotel, the Dylan offers simple elegance. Picture this: Beers spent more than $1 million restoring the ornate plasterwork alone, along with a marble grand staircase that spirals up three floors. Meeting space consists of two conference rooms that can accommodate up to 75 people theater-style.

Wonder what your employees think of your management style? Or how well you're motivating them? The Art of Management: Insights from an Employee's Perspective by Gregory J. Blencoe (1999, Mount Olympus Publishing, Littleton, Colo.) was written as "a reality check" for managers. There are some excellent insights as to why incentives often alienate more employees than they reward, why cash isn't an effective motivator, and the power of positive feedback. To order, call the Adams Book Guild at (800) 396-3939, or order online at www.industrybooks.com. The book is also available at Amazon.com and will be in bookstores September 15.

Trainingnet.com bills itself as having the largest selection of training courses and offerings--more than 1,200 in all. We found that to be the case when we searched under "Meetings" and found 44 different classroom and online courses and books, ranging from Cornell University's "Effective Meeting Management" course to online courses on meeting facilitation to several books on presentation skills, even effective videoconferencing. A nice feature of the site, called "my trainingnet," lets users plug in areas of interest to receive updates on new courses.