Leadership for Life – Leading Productive Meetings

By on March 15, 2012
Leading Productive Meetings

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Ever sit through a business meeting wishing you were somewhere else? Ever wondered if others felt the same way about meetings you organized? If you’re like me, you might have thought that many meetings are not only boring, but unnecessary. And you’d be right.

If the purpose is simply to share information with one another, such as sales reports or progress reports on projects, a few concise e-mails should take care of that. The information will go out in a uniform way and can be easily stored for future reference.

Some organizations hold meetings simply to provide some face time among employees who work at different locations, or to give employees access to senior management. Unless there’s an emergency or some other really good reason, these kinds of meetings should be limited to bi-monthly or quarterly intervals.

The most valid reason for holding a meeting is that complex issues need to be discussed and decisions need to be made by the participants.

Maybe you’ve heard this before, but every productive meeting needs a clear agenda. (Some nice pastries couldn’t hurt.) And the agenda should be distributed at least a day before the meeting is scheduled, so people can prepare as necessary.

There’s a lot more that goes into a productive meeting, more than we have time and space for here. If you’d like further detailed tips on how to lead productive meetings, jump over to my podcast on the topic and give it a listen (or read it). It’s located at http://www.stlcc.edu/podcasts/business-training/More-Productive-Meetings.html.

About Barry Schapiro

Barry is the Workforce Solutions Group Practice Leader for Leadership and Professional Development. His experience includes delivery and management of business training in a variety of industries, with specialties in leadership, team development, generational diversity, and customer service. Twitter

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