Here are ten signs that your organization has an incredibly effective high performance meeting culture.
- At the start of each meeting, the first point of discussion is: “What are we trying to achieve in this meeting?”
- At the end of the meeting, all actions are summarized.
- At the end of the meeting, all decisions are summarized.
- Each action has an owner who is accountable for taking the action.
- Actions can only be assigned to participants who are at the meeting.
- A meeting has only three purposes:
- To drive a project
- To generate ideas
- To make decisions
- Meeting time is never set at a default value (such as one hour).
- Without agenda, there is no meeting.
- Regular meetings are terminated every six months. If the meeting is valuable, participants can decide to extend the regular meeting schedule for another six months.
- If consensus is reached on difficult decisions quickly, the decision will be postponed: Clearly the issue hasn’t been given enough thought.
This leaves us with three questions:
- On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your meetings on each of these points?
- Where is your biggest opportunity for improvement?
- What one thing will you change today as a result?
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