Have you ever been to a meeting where there doesn’t appear to be a purpose? People just talk about a bunch of stuff. There is no specific actions or to-dos. Of course you have. I think everybody has. We call those spaghetti meetings. They usually start late, somebody dials-in after the meeting has started, topics run all over the place, someone has a topic that derails the agenda, people have side conversations, and the meeting runs late. Sound familiar? It’s just like a plate of spaghetti. Noodles just kind of flow all over the place with no rhyme or reason with really no start, no middle and no end. Just a tangled set of discussions. If your meetings are like that or you feel your meetings are getting stale, then I suggest one of two options – 1) stop having the meeting altogether or 2) bring some structure to those meetings. If you feel the meeting could have value, then keep reading to learn an easy fix to make them more effective.
Meetings set the tone for how you manage your team. If you run your meetings sloppily and are unorganized, how can you expect your team to manage their business any differently. Here are some simple rules to make your meetings effective:
Now compare your last meeting to these guidelines. How did you do? Where do you need to make some adjustments? This is not an easy process. It takes work and it is really easy to fall back into old habits. As a leader, your job is to make these valuable and use these meetings to accomplish something. If your meetings don’t do that, then why have them?