Just read Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable About Solving the Most Painful Problems in Business by Patrick Lencioni. He writes that “there is simply no substitute for a good meeting — a dynamic, passionate and focused engagement — when it comes to extracting the collective wisdom of a team.”
Here are Lencioni’s five tips for better meetings:
- Know the purpose of your meeting. Is it about solving a tactical, short-term problem, or a critical strategic issue? Are people meant to debate, offer alternatives, brainstorm, or just sit and listen?
- Clarify what’s at stake. Do participants know what could go wrong if bad decisions are made?
- Hook them from the outset. How will you get people engaged?
- Ensure enough time. The mark of a great meeting is that it ends with clarity and commitment from participants.
- Provoke conflict. Conflict should be ideological, not personal. Ensure opposing views are aired completely.