How Do You Know That Was A Successful Meeting?

successful meetingMeetings are essential to getting things done in businesses, but how do you know a meeting was actually effective? Indeed, how do you know whether any conversation is actually effective?

This post provides a link to an article that provides a comprehensive and powerful approach to running a successful meeting for high performing teams.

If you’re serious about raising the bar in your organization, an important leverage point is knowing which kind of meeting is required for the task at hand. Moreover, having effective meetings is not just an exercise in following rules. Let’s face it: business culture is meeting culture. The speed at which complexity can be managed – the speed of innovation – is dependent on a team’s ability to conduct a successful meeting that hit the target.

A Successful Meeting Depends on Two Principles

You can make highly effective meetings more likely by applying two principles:

1)   Focus on critical communications.

2)   Practice consultative decision-making.

These two principles can be used to plan a successful meeting, lead meetings, determine next steps, and then document meetings. Read the article. It demonstrates how to apply these two principles, presents a template meeting agenda, and describes the different kind of meetings high performing teams have.

The article also provides several examples of critical communications, including requests, offers and declarations. It concludes that organizations and business grow and evolve at the speed of critical communications. If meetings were a sport, then the frequency of critical conversations would be how team players score.

It describes how consultative decision-making differs from consensus or autocratic decision-making and why it is better. It shows that the distinguishing step that sets consultative decision-making apart is assigning leaders to drive topics to resolution before discussing the details of those topics. The reason this works is because it ensures someone is responsible for making sure critical conversations are occurring, and that they own the outcome of those conversations.

It provides a generic meeting outline based on the principles of critical communications and consultative decision-making. It then provides example plans for different kinds of meetings.

We've attempted to provide meeting leaders with everything they need to understand the why and how of planning and leading highly-effective meetings.

You can find the article here. As always, we welcome your feedback.