excerpted from Mike Bonem:
How would you evaluate the effectiveness of your meetings? I know that I’ve just said the dreaded “M” word. No one likes meetings. But shouldn’t the leadership team meetings be the place where you work on the most important organizational issues? If not, where will you work on the major challenges? How will you make the decisions between two great opportunities?
The first question for your leadership team is, “Do we work on the most important issues at our meetings?” (Tweet This) Take a minute to do a mental inventory of those matters that could have the greatest impact on the future of your organization. Are these matters the focus of your team meetings? Are they even discussed? Are you having honest discussions? A number of factors could keep these issues from receiving appropriate air time – fear of conflict, a habit of only dealing with urgent matters, embarrassment at admitting a mistake. But if you want to move forward, it is essential to overcome these barriers and get the right issues on the table.
The second question is, “Do we make and follow through on decisions made in our team meetings?” (Tweet This) Some teams talk about the issues. In fact, they talk and talk and talk, and never make a decision. Or they appear to make a decision, but then nothing happens. Important matters deserve ongoing attention and accountability to insure that action is taken.
Here’s my recommendation. First, answer the two questions on your own. How do you evaluate your team? Then makes these two questions the focus of your next leadership team meeting. Push hard for an honest conversation and if changes are needed, make a clear decision on what will be different in the future. It could be the most important thing that your team will do this week.