I’m probably never going to read a management book, which would undoubtedly include many detailed plans for meeting management. But I did do something today in a meeting that I think worked well.
I asked the other members of the meeting to briefly take one or two minutes to write down what we thought the outcome of the meeting should be (we are planning on a report that we have to present to a Bigger Committee). After the free writing exercise, we compiled what we’d written on the whiteboard. There were many similarities, and we were immediately able to build on those common themes, thereby saving much debate. Reflective time in meetings – it could work.
I’ll take my victories where I can get them.