Lead a Meeting Revolution

Today over 70% of business professionals feel the meetings they attend are a waste of time.

Thoughtless meetings drain your organization of time, money and productivity. Here’s what to fix that with a “meeting revolution.”

Start with a casual and anonymous survey

Change begins with measurement. Send out a casual survey for anonymous input on your meeting culture.

  • How many hours/weekly do you spend in meetings?
  • How many are unproductive?
  • What is an hour of your time worth?
  • What meetings are least productive?
  • What keeps meeting from being productive?

These findings will help to identify the problem meetings. Blow them up and re-invent them with meeting agreements that serve attendees.

Separate the strategic from the tactical

Separate your strategic meetings from your tactical meetings. People can’t think effectively about short term and long range topics at the same time.

If a weekly operations meeting is necessary, make it short and action-oriented rather than the expected “boring rounds” of reporting out.

A leadership team should come together every two months to focus on long-term goals and it’s smart to go off site occasionally.

Hold an all-staff meeting every month, focusing on engagement by recognizing team and individual performance, sharing where the company goals are being met and how to ensure others are met—it helps to create some excitement around meetings.

Energize people. Save time and money. Lead a meeting Revolution.

 

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Lou Solomon

Lou Solomon is the founder of Interact. She is a TEDx speaker and a member of the adjunct faculty at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur.com, CEO.com, and Fast Company.