The following is a guest piece by Jack Zenger and Joesph Folkman.
It is estimated that 15% to 28% of every manager’s workweek is spent in meetings. One of the most frequent written complaints people make about their bosses is the quality of their meetings.
Complaints range from meetings with no agenda, lack of clear purpose for each agenda topic, no advance information nor background materials, lack of making a decision, absence of any follow-through and the plodding, snail’s pace of the meeting.
A leader with accelerated speed and pace greatly increases the likelihood of a productive meeting. Our research on productivity improvement shows high correlation of improved productivity with the efficiency and effectiveness of meetings.
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The following is a guest piece by Dick Axelrod.
Meeting participants hold the leader responsible for the meeting’s success or failure. You can debate the rightness of this position, but what we know for sure is that meeting participants hold the leader accountable for what happens or fails to happen in a meeting.
Recently we discussed the leader’s role with Tanveer Naseer, who observed:
“I’ve watched leaders treat meetings as if they were handing out orders to their short-order cook with little or no discussion or input. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve seen leaders who were so lackadaisical in their direction that there were numerous periods of dead silence as participants waited for the team leader to speak up and guide the process forward.”
There is no argument when it comes about the extent of the leader’s power to shape a meeting. The real question is how a leader uses that power. There is no shortage of tools and techniques for meeting improvement. The problem is that these tools do not care how they are used.
Recently we attended a stand-up meeting. There has been a lot a talk lately about how stand-up meetings create energy, increasing a meeting’s productivity. In this case, the stand-up meeting lasted two hours and there weren’t any chairs in the room. As people tired, they slumped to the floor. The tool, stand-up meetings, did not care about how the leader used it: good idea, bad outcome.
Your power shapes meetings
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