Does this sound familiar? You went to a meeting where you had invigorating discussions, examined alternatives, came up with a cool plan of action, everyone left the meeting feeling motivated, and then six weeks later you get back together. As everyone enters the room and takes their seat, there are sideways glances, “Did you do that thing we talked about?” “No…how about you?” A quick shake of the head and
It’s easy to fool ourselves into the illusion that “just having a conference call,” instead of a face-to-face meeting or one-on-one, will save time. In fact, it’s that kind of thinking that leaves many managers moving from call to call with little time to connect with their team. In an attempt to salvage some productivity in their day, they put the phone on mute and try to get real work done at the same
I texted my colleague: “do you think we both need to attend the 3pm meeting?” He quickly shot back: “Karin, I don’t think anyone needs to go to that meeting. Don’t worry, I’ll represent both of us.” And there we were two executives, not speaking up in the spirit of being politically correct, and covering for one another to minimize the pain. After all, we had real work to
“Okay, we need everyone’s full attention so here are the meeting rules. No texting. No sidebars. Full participation.” If you have to start your meeting with ultimatums, something is wrong. Sure you could scold the team into paying attention. Better yet, figure out why they don’t want to.
3 Reasons Your Meeting is a Waste of Time
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The first time it happened, I was devastated. After all the hard work on building relationships. All that investment in the team. All that transparency. All that work to create a level-less organization. Why had my direct report team started holding “secret” meetings without me? Why was that necessary? What was I doing wrong? Was this an indication that I had become the proverbial “boss” an
Do you run effective meetings? When was the last time someone left one of your meetings and told everyone, “that was a GREAT meeting. You’ve really got to come next time.” Do you have a good sense of what they are saying? Would they come if they had a choice? Many companies use the idea of the Net Promoter Score asking the “Ultimate Question” to measure their customer service. This