Intentionally shift what you say to begin creating the accountability you want. Consider what you say now. How might you be unintentionally eroding group accountability for what happens in meetings? As you’re off to your next meeting, do you say, “I have a meeting”? Intentionally shift what you say to, We have a meeting.” You’ll convey to […]
Category: Productive Meetings
Are you creating exasperation, or preventing it? In your meetings, do you do most of the talking? Do others rarely speak up, or only when you call on them? Do you use meetings to convey decisions, yet find out later those decisions weren’t fully understood? After meetings, do people seem reluctant to implement decisions you’ve told them about? Have you […]
Tired of going to meetings where it seems your truth isn’t heard? Want to better influence policies, strategies and decisions? Here’s how. Next time you receive an invitation to a meeting that matters to you, don’t just click “accept”. Instead, invest 20 minutes to answer 5 questions. Ask yourself these 5 questions. Why did the person who called this […]
At your workplace meetings, do people often arrive late? Do they leave early? Or contribute in ways that hinder vs. help? Do one or two people dominate? If so, blame the agenda, not the people. Get value from the people at the table. Design meeting agendas with reserved places for each person to take the lead on the topics they care most about. That’s how you get […]
Let’s say the manager of a high-profile project sends you a calendar invite to his “Weekly Team Meeting”. You’re a Director–the PM doesn’t usually invite you. But you know the project timeline is slipping. So you’re pretty sure the purpose of this meeting, and the reason to attend, is to figure out how to get the project back on schedule. […]
When anticipating pain – frustration, fatigue or conflict – people show up for meetings already “anesthetized”, or checked-out. That’s one of the reasons many meetings produce poor results. Consider all the meetings you have scheduled this week. Do you groan out loud when you think about how much, or how little, will be accomplished? If so, a key remedy is to […]
“Death by Meeting” is a slow and painful. While meetings are probably the most common “killer” of productivity and innovation, they also have the potential to be the king that transforms everything into gold. And the good news is you don’t have to have a magic touch.