June 1st, 2011
by Dan Gold
Mary Cantando’s Weekly Growth Tip:
Conducting a Valuable Meeting
As my good friend, Linda Holden, says, “Don’t spend $1,000 to solve a $100 problem.”
Too many of us spend time meeting, meeting, meeting…often just for the sake of
meeting. In effect, we’re spending that $1,000 to solve a $100 problem.
5 Ways to Conduct a Valuable Meeting
1. Avoid standard status meetings (weekly, etc.) unless they are really needed.
Only meet if there is a concrete reason to meet.
2. Start and end on time. Do you reward stragglers by waiting for them, while punishing
the punctual for being on time?
3. Create an importance-based agenda. Discuss items of greatest relevance first.
4. Be sure everyone knows his/her responsibilities. This goes for the meeting itself
as well as the follow-up.
5. Try a stand-up meeting. It’s amazing how much time you will save if everyone
is standing rather than lounging in a comfortable conference room chair. Give it
a try. You can get a one-hour meeting down to ten minutes!
Woman’s Advantage Tip of the Week
Excellence is not perfection. Excellence leaves room for mistakes and forgiveness.
Olalah Njenga, YellowWood Group, YellowWoodGroup.com
This tip was featured in The Woman’s Advantage 2011 Calendar
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