The last two weeks have taught several courses on High Performance where one of the main themes were effective Meetings. It always amazes me to see how there is an overall negative opinion of this communication tool and equipment organization. A meeting is a fantastic tool for cohesive teams, schedule tasks, define common objectives, solve problems and to track project. However, over and over again is despised by managers, because personal experience is that it is a huge waste of time.
The problem is not the tool, email as it is with the smartphone or. The problem is the person using the tool wrong. Meetings where participants will without knowing the agenda, meetings that begin and end at different hours of the scheduled, meetings where there are no goals or themes are introduced where not originally foreseen. That's the bread and butter of most managers, in most companies. Thus, propose here a basic Decalogue for a meeting to be truly effective. They are points of common sense, but not common practice. The key is not to know, is to apply, that often requires high doses of leadership, assertiveness, strength and organization. Here is the Decalogue. A team meeting is effective if these ten points are met:
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