Just Another Meeting or a Meeting of the Minds?
Categories: Blog, Operational Effectiveness, Staff Meetings
Learning how to turn your staff meeting into a meeting that produces results and develops team bonding can be simple and fun. First identify your objective. Create an effective staff meeting in which your team can:
- Develop strategies
- Create operating processes
- Openly share thoughts and ideas
- Implement plans to achieve objectives
An effective team meeting should produce results. Make certain each meeting you have is well thought out in advance. After the meeting, review thoroughly to recognize and record the results produced.
Team meetings are critical to the execution of projects.
If proper management is not implemented, the meeting can produce unfavorable results.
Have An Agenda – Create an outline and leave space to record notes. Use a consistent format for each meeting.
Listen To Your Team – Encourage employees to share their thoughts, insights and ideas.
Allow Team Member Interaction – Just as you encourage employees to share their thoughts and insights, encourage employees to interact with one another. Make sure team members are engaging in effective interpersonal communication with other team members.
Be Time Sensitive – Start and adjourn each meeting on time. The facilitator of the meeting must make sure discussions do not veer from the topic. When this happens, step in and redirect the discussion.
Identify Action Plan – List the critical strategies you have developed; operating processes and procedures that will be applied to achieve your objectives. This will ensure your employees can see at a glance what is expected of them.
Establish Timelines – Discuss deadlines during the meeting. Each team member will then know the amount of time they have to complete a project.
Follow Up Notes – Assign someone to take notes. Notes should be documented during and after the meeting while they are still fresh in mind and distributed to each team member.
In case you missed our blog, “When Was The Last Time You Attended A Productive Meeting,” http://aeschlapia.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/when-was-the-last-time-you-attended-a-productive-meeting/ we included resources to help you through the process of holding regular staff meetings. Sample Team Meeting Agenda
Because effective team meetings require more than preparing an agenda, Ironstone has designed a workshop that covers the what, the why and how to produce results through your team meetings. In this workshop you will learn how to define and create an action plan for each of your team meetings.
As humans, we have interactive processes that change and develop incessantly. Well planned team meetings will put your firm on the path to building and developing strong relationships with one another, nourish a healthy work culture and create new interactive processes. Be sure to follow an established operating procedure to ensure consistency for your team meetings.
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