Successful Meetings – The Key Ingredient for Getting Things Done!
For a professional football team to succeed, it needs a rhythm of communication to ensure all players are focused, aligned, and are working towards a common goal. Your business should be no different.
Often, as a part of a professional football match, there is a series of pre-game meetings to set the team’s plays.
- The coaches brief the full team
- The captain reminds them to focus and gives them a brief ‘gee up’ before the game begins
- At half-time there is a review of the first half and setting the plan for the second half
- Finally, after the game, a review of what worked, what was missing and what they can repeat again to produce the same results if they won, or different results if they lost.
Your business can benefit from the same structure.
Meetings don’t need to be boring. Boring meetings are usually run by boring people!
In fact, a successful meeting structure in your business will:
- Provide clarity; reduce the gaps in communication within sections of the team, minimising reactive conversations and the need to ‘put out fires’
- Ensure key priorities are being executed
- Help you act quickly, maximise opportunities and relieve bottlenecks fast and effectively
- Build a solid, stable team and culture
- Align your team to focus on a common goal/outcome
- Over time, reduce the reliance of the business on the owner.
These meetings can be powerful, prompt and to the point when you follow a structure. Below are some points to consider when creating a meeting rhythm so that all of your team are aligned, focusing on the key goals, and helping the business to win.
Optimal Meeting Rhythm
Annual (1-2 days) Strategy – setting the game plan for the year
Quarterly (1 day) Implementation – clarity on 90 day goals
Monthly (2-4 hrs) Review and Big Issues
Weekly (60-90 mins) Focus and Priorities
Daily (7-12 mins) Synchronise & Align
Above illustrates the optimal meeting rhythm for a growing company. Some companies do annual and quarterly meetings, where they measure progress toward year-end goals or set new goals, yet many miss out on the weekly and daily connection.
meetings should focus on the alignment of your team, review and ensure all your Core Values are alive and discuss the top three priorities of the company.
meetings should focus on gathering your leadership team for 2-4 hours and dealing with one important issue that is impacting the organisation.
meetings should focus on improving what you do and most employees should be in a few of these longer meeting huddles. Include a training segment to improve skills.
Daily meetings (office & site) should focus on where we are today and every employee should be in one of these meeting huddles daily – keep it to teams/departments/location. Daily Huddles act as an early warning system – particularly if a team is ‘stuck’ with a particular challenge.
- Each meeting MUST have an agenda and a purpose
- Only have the people present who need to be there
- Start on time. Finish on time.
- Have ground rules (i.e. only one person at a time to speak)
- Don’t hold a meeting if it does not help you in moving the business forward
- Commit to your meetings!
Implementing a rhythm of effective communication takes time, especially if this concept is new to your business. However, adapting the above to your business, committing to a plan and learning how to run effective meetings could just transform your business!
For assistance in creating a more cohesive team environment and efficiency in your workplace, contact PROTRADE United today.