Leading people and conducting meetings go hand-in-hand. Yes, you can use email, blogs, Twitter, Basecamp, or any number of additional tools. But at the end of the day, you will still need to schedule and lead meetings.
As long as you have to have meetings, you might as well do them well. Before you plan another meeting (and suffer the rest of us to sit through them), make a commitment to do the following:
- Define the outcome. I can’t over-emphasize this. If you don’t know what you are trying to accomplish, how will you or others know if you have succeeded? State the outcome at the beginning of the meeting. Here are some real-world examples:
- “We are here to cast a vision for our international business.”
- “We want to inspire people to run the half marathon.”
- “We need to make a decision on when to launch the new Web site.”
- “We need to review the survey results from the All Employee Meeting and then plan next quarter’s meeting.”
- “We want to report on the progress of our new royalty system implementation.”