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Meetings are a challenge to say the least. We need them (at least the right meetings) to do our work, but we do them so poorly that we mostly detest them! So often if feels like a no-win scenario. However, it doesn’t have to be this way at all.

Patrick Lencioni has a great book out on how to do effective meetings entitled “Death By Meeting” and has some great resources on his website.

I also came across this article, “What Everyone Needs to Know About Running Productive Meetings“, today on the Harvard Business Review website that has some good pointers for how to actually have interesting and productive meetings.

Meeting Tree by Elizabeth Grace Saunders


Some interesting points from the article:

1. First the question – “Are you addicted to meetings?” Great question!

2. Shorten the meeting times. Don’t default to an hour “just because” or because it’d the default setting on your Outlook

3. Create a focused agenda

4. Limit attendees to who absolutely needs to be there

5. Stay on track!

6. Manage the attendees – don’t allow one or two people to dominate

7. Set the right tone

8. Define next steps and responsibilities

Some good points here and several echo what Patrick Lencioni has written. Meetings are an important part of work. Doing meetings well is an important leader and manager skill and well worth you learning how to do them well!!



Four Types of Meetings

October 5, 2011

Meetings – the word makes most of us cringe, and with good reason. As I mentioned Monday, meetings poorly done can be crippling to your organization.  However, good meetings can propel you forward, the problem is, most of us don’t know what a good meeting looks like!

Patrick Lencioni in his great book Death by Meeting addresses how we can become better at this very important tool.  One thing he does is to help s understand that there are different types of meetings for different purposes.  For example, he gives us four types of meetings:

1. The Daily Check-In: this is a 5 – 10 minute stand up meeting where you & your direct reports quickly go over the plans for the day. Usually done every day or most days.

2. Weekly Tactical Meeting: usually 45 – 90 minutes where you review weekly activities and metrics and deal with tactical obstacles / issues.

3. Monthly strategic: usually 2 – 4 hours in length where you discuss, brainstorm and decide on strategic issues that impact long-term success.

4. Quarterly Off-site Reviews: usually 1 – 2 days in length where you go into depth reviewing and adjusting your strategy as well as the development of leaders.

If you want to get better at meetings, take some time to pick up and read Death by Meeting – you will be glad you did so.