If I had a dollar for every time a manager attends one of our seven pillars of management training seminars telling us they hate majority of meetings they have to attend at work, I’d be writing this article at a resort somewhere warm and exotic right now. The reality is, so many meetings do not achieve what they were supposed to. So here’s something simple you must do to improve company meetings, or your team:
- At the end of each agenda topic, before moving to the next agenda point, seek agreement on the next steps. Delegate this task to someone in the room, and establish specific commitments with a clear deadline.
- When providing a task from the agenda for someone attending the meeting to do,
let them know that they can negotiate the due date (based upon other work there may be doing right now).
Put simply, every agenda topic must have a ‘next action step’, and someone attending the meeting should be responsible for that next action step.