Are your meetings inspiring or dull and draining? Do members question the need for or amount of time spent in meetings when their REAL work will be waiting for them later? What about all that silence? Why is it such a struggle to get people engaged and willing to offer the expertise you know is around the table? Are important decisions left unmade due to lack of time or attention to administrative details that could be handled somewhere else? Conversely, do your meetings drag on and on with little structure or conclusions agreed upon? Do members want to revisit decisions that have already been made? Sheila Krejci, M ED and authorized partner with Wiley Publishing’s The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ agrees with co-author Patrick Lencioni that “Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage because it is so powerful and so rare. ” Most important to the group dynamic required of success in team meetings is the development of trust among members in order to assure all perspectives are shared openly, that members commit to common goals—not just their own—and that individuals will take personal responsibility for the actions they’ve agreed to complete. Who is responsible for assuring teams do the work they need to?
- Preparation-determine meeting purpose, expected outcomes, IF a meeting is the most efficient way to get the expected results, who should contribute and each member’s role
- Process-Unconventional tools like “off the top” agendas and visual memories.
- Process-Techniques to engage discussion, promote productive conflict and, ensure commitment to common goals
- Process-Facilitation tools and techniques to try at your very next meeting
- Payoff-Resources you can use to hold members accountable to their personal actions steps and recognize the unique contributions of meeting members.
Sheila Krejci, M ED,
Who Should Attend
- Directors and Board Administrators
- Supervisors and Managers
- Team Leaders
- Emerging Leaders
- Project Managers
- Volunteer Leaders
- Committee Chairs
- Event Planners
- Professionals at all Levels