Our business culture today generally requires that we attend lots and lots of meetings. Often these meetings seem to be a “time suck” and a waste of time, particularly when people only want to talk about the problems and never want to move into action.
How many of you have seen this happen in your organizations?
Create a Meeting Audit by making a list of all the meetings that you host and attend at your work.
Determine the objective of each of the meetings. Is this information sharing? Do you need to discuss a specific issue?
Identify the expected outcome of the meeting. Do you expect a decision to be made?
Who needs to be at the meeting? Not just the people who attend and are an important part, but who MUST be at the meeting for the decisions to move forward.
Let people know in advance what to expect by communicating the purpose of the meeting, the expected outcomes and how they will add value to the meeting.
Give it a go, and let us know how this works for you.