Do you find that some meetings sap your energy, achieve little and leave you feeling frustrated? It shouldn’t be this way. It is estimated that up to 25% of all working time is wasted in unnecessary meetings, so how can you make sure that your meetings are oozing productivity?
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Several thousand people ran through London together yesterday as part of the 2016 London Marathon.
Young and old, men and women, ran and walked at different speeds and wore different kit. Despite their differences they shared a desire to finish and they’d all been united in training. From the Kenyan winner to the 80 year old, they all trained, not just one or twice but several times for months preceding the challenge.
Meetings are regarded by many as the least productive time spent at work. But really the opposite should be true. Good meetings improve communication, produce good decisions, generate great ideas and motivate teams.
Unfortunately too many meetings lack purpose, structure and energy and therefore not only waste time but also demotivate good people. In his book ‘Death by Meetings‘ Patrick Lencioni suggests a fresh approach to business meetings, adapting the structure, location and purpose to prevent discussions going off track and failing to reach conclusions. Here is a summary from the book you can use to turn meeting monotony into profitable parley….
We first saw these meeting ground rules in the conference rooms of a Japanese car company. And they have served us well ever since. Next time you chair a meeting share and enforce them and let us know if they help.
1. Start and Finish on Time…
Overcome the graveyard shift and inject some energy into your next meeting with one of our body percussion workshops.
In as little as 15 minutes our percussion experts can bring energy and rhythm to a conference, a great session opener or post lunch energiser.
Our forthcoming seminar on Improving Productivity on the 16th March will give you some tips on getting the most from meetings.
In the meantime, here are some quick pointers inspired by a Japanese car manufacturer that has meeting guidelines pinned to the wall of every conference room. Why not paste these meeting guidelines alongside agendas to keep your meetings on track:…
We’ve all sat through countless meetings. Here’s how you can make them more effective.