Team meetings…we love them or we hate them…how can we achieve more effective team meetings?
Well, it seems many people hate them – for different reasons.
You are probably hoping I’d say to simply leave team meetings away but I won’t.
Effective team meetings are extremely valuable for the following reasons.
✔️ Develop our people and morale
✔️ Brainstorm and innovate
✔️ Make crucial decisions
✔️ Solve problems
💥 Lack of conflict – like any good story, meetings need to make room to rumble through challenges or simply to make decisions
💥 Lack of team – if everyone focuses on their individual goals there is no team, that’s called a group of people without a common goal or purpose
💥 Lack of structure – again, like any good story, there needs to be some sort of an introduction, body, and conclusion
💥 Lack of clarity – if people don’t know the purpose of the meeting they are not able to engage at their highest capacity
Now, the question is, what makes team meetings effective?
I think Patrick Lencioni hits it perfectly – there need to be more meetings! 😅
Ok, what that means is there need to be different styles of meetings.
1. 📆 The Daily Check-In (compared with the daily news): 5-10 min administrative meeting to cover the priorities of the day
2. 📋 The Weekly Tactical (compared with your weekly show): 45-90 min operational meeting to cover critical short-term issues that need to be resolved
3. 📅 The Monthly Strategic (compared with your monthly movie night): 2-3 hours strategic meeting to discuss, analyse, brainstorm and decide on a few strategic topics
4. 📊 The Quarterly Off-Site (compared with your retreat): 1-2 days to review, reassess, and develop interpersonal, performance, and strategic issues
💡 Know the purpose of each meeting
💡 Engage productively and solve problems
💡 Commit to decisions, and
💡 Stay focused on organisational priorities