Partnership & Possibilities – Episode 8, Season 3

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Partnership & Possibilities: A Podcast on Leadership in Organizations

“ The meetings you do have you want them to be a good use of everybody’s time but there is also ‘do we really need to have a meeting every single time?’”

Running time 19:03

If you have other techniques in helping meetings really work where you work, or things that have worked for you in the past, share your clues, hints, stories, and anecdotes.

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Intro – Are all meetings necessary?
1:26 – Making meetings optional would allow employees to determine if the meeting had value for them.
4:03 – Providing a detailed outline of the meeting – purpose and outcomes expected – can help in understanding what the meeting will be about.
6:50 – Having meetings open to everyone in the organization – “open door policy” – would enable employees to take part in meetings that interest them and provide insight into departments they want to learn more about.
11:44 – Through optional, descriptive, open meetings, employees can choose which meetings are on point and valuable for them.
13:30 – How can an organization communicate which meetings are taking place, beyond just name and time, to all employees in an organization?

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One Response to “Partnership & Possibilities – Episode 8, Season 3”

  1. Oluf Says:

    I wonder how much of the meeting malaise many experience is caused by the lack of good tooling in the mainstream calendaring apps (Outlook, Lotus Notes)? Is it a classic case of the developers thinking “what we need to solve is the logistical aspect of reserving time slots and rooms” versus “what we need to solve is the problem of good meeting management and preparation”? I.e. not enough involvement with the real customer and knowing what problems they want solved?

    You mentioned a transition tip for someone who wants to try going from “well run meetings” to “optional/open space meetings”, saying stick with “well run for 6 months to a year, then try transitioning”. What about going from “what a mess” to “well run meetings”? Do you have tips for how to start that transition?

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