Making Meetings Work

Most managers spend more than 50% of their working hours spent in meetings of one sort or another.

Yet few have a systematic approach towards making these meetings as effective and efficient as they can be.

Many managers just tend to accept that meetings are inherently inefficient and not often effective.  That’s just how it is.  Few take responsibility for making them better.

Outstanding managers do just that.

They run tight, focused, professional meetings.

They are clear on purpose, tightly controlled and always drive towards decisions or enlightenment.

They produce actions and name people responsible for making them happen.

These meeting outcomes are effectively commmunicated and actions are always monitored to make sure that they deliver the anticipated results.

Any variations between what was anticipated and what occurred are used to drive reflection and development.  The organisation learns and future meetings are informed by the experience.

Sounds like an unreasonably high expectation of the humble meeting?  I don’t think so.  Get trained, change your expectations, behave differently and soon you will be making meetings work.