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20 09, 2016

Eight ground rules for great meetings

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If you want your team to be effective, you need meeting ground rules — and you need agreement about how to use them. Many teams that have ground rules don’t regularly use them. But having rules in place that you consistently enforce can significantly improve how your team solves problems and makes decisions.

There are different types of ground rules. Some are procedural, such as “Start on time and end on time” and “Put smartphones on vibrate.” Procedural ground rules are useful but don’t help your team create productive behavior beyond, say, everyone being on time and having their smartphones on vibrate.

Other ground rules are abstract, such as “Treat everyone with respect” and “Be constructive.” These rules focus on a desirable outcome but don’t identify the specific behaviors that are respectful or constructive. As a result, abstract rules create problems if group members have different ideas about how to act respectfully. For some group members, acting respectfully means not raising any concerns about individual members in the group; for other members it may mean the opposite.

Behavioral ground rules are more useful. They describe specific actions that team members should take to act effectively. Examples of behavioral ground rules include “make statements and ask genuine questions” and “explain your reasoning and intent.” · Go to Eight ground rules for great meetings →

16 01, 2015

Make your meeting agenda work

Fri, Jan 16, 2015|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , |Comments Off on Make your meeting agenda work

From Roger Schwarz: If you are like most leadership teams I’ve seen, your meeting agendas are causing confusion instead of creating clarity. Designed well, an agenda is a tool for quickly getting everyone on the same topic, clarifying the purpose, keeping people on track, and identifying when the discussion is complete. Here are tips for developing an effective agenda, regardless of the topics. · Go to Make your meeting agenda work →

13 03, 2014

Meeting employees halfway

Thu, Mar 13, 2014|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on Meeting employees halfway

From strategy+business: Employees often view meetings as a waste of time. But if managers can strike the right balance when leading meetings, they can exploit an already established part of the workday to boost employees’ morale and productivity. · Go to Meeting employees halfway →

15 11, 2013

Dealing with team members who derail meetings

Fri, Nov 15, 2013|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , , |Comments Off on Dealing with team members who derail meetings

From Roger Schwarz: What does your team do when someone takes a meeting off-track? If your team is like most, the leader says something like, “Lee, that’s not what we’re talking about now” or “Let’s get back on track” or the team simply ignores Lee’s comment and tries to bring the conversation back to the original topic.

But if your team responds in any of these ways, Lee may continue to press his off-track point, the meeting may drag on with members getting more frustrated with Lee, and the team won’t accomplish its meeting goals. Or Lee may stop participating for the rest of the meeting and the team, without realizing it, loses Lee’s critical input and support for implementing a team decision. · Go to Dealing with team members who derail meetings →

10 11, 2013

Asking for permission to facilitate

Sun, Nov 10, 2013|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on Asking for permission to facilitate

From Heart of Innovation: Here's a useful tip for you the next time you find yourself standing in front of a group of people and about to facilitate a meeting of any kind. Before you begin, ask people to give you permission to facilitate. · Go to Asking for permission to facilitate →

14 08, 2013

The key to getting meetings with insanely busy people

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From FastCompany: Steve Blank is a popular dude: He came to Silicon Valley in 1978 and has been part of the entrepreneurial hustle since then, though he's now turned from running companies to teaching at Stanford and other techy schools. As you may imagine, he gets a lot of requests from young guns seeking sage wisdom, peppering the man with requests to "pick his brain" or "bounce an idea off" him.

His response to such canned what-can-you-do-for-me inquiries? Sigh. · Go to The key to getting meetings with insanely busy people →

6 06, 2012

Meetings are a skill you can master, and Steve Jobs taught me how

Wed, Jun 6, 2012|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , , , |Comments Off on Meetings are a skill you can master, and Steve Jobs taught me how

From Ken Segall in Fast Company: More brains don't necessarily lead to better ideas. When it came to leading meetings, Jobs had no qualms about tossing the least necessary person out of the room. · Go to Meetings are a skill you can master, and Steve Jobs taught me how →

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