The purpose of meetings is to energize small wins.
5 sources of organizational energy that connect to meetings:
- Progress. Nothing fuels energy more than moving the ball down the field.
- Contributing to a winning cause. Do something that matters.
- Connecting with players who are dedicated to winning.
- Solving problems and eliminating barriers to progress.
- Feeling released rather than blocked.
3 goals of mid-level management meetings:
- Figure out what’s working and how to do more of it.
- Identify what isn’t working and either stop doing it or fix it. Make work easier and more productive.
- Choose what new things to do next.
15 potential agenda items for management teams:
- What small wins occurred last week/month?
- What caused small wins?
- Who in the organization should be acknowledged? How?
- What does winning look like this week/month?
- How will we know we are winning?
- What kept us from achieving greater success last week/month?
- What are we doing about barriers to winning?
- What new thing(s) will we try this week/month? Organizations that don’t try new things, die.
- Where is the energy in our organization? How will we fuel it?
- Where are we pushing ropes? What should we change or stop?
- How can we create an environment that promotes winning? Think of things you can control; don’t whine about things you can’t.
- Who are we holding back? How can we release them?
- What dangers wait around the corner? How can we prepare today?
- Who needs to be developed? How?
- Who does what by when? Why?
Bonus: Add the word “specifically” to each item.
Meetings that de-energize teams create losses.
Challenge: The next time you prepare to lead a meeting, ask, “How does this meeting ignite energy to win.”
What agenda items are most important for you right now? Why?
What new agenda items would you add to the conversation?