Do You Know How to Conduct Effective Leadership Team Meetings?
While most work meetings are considered a waste of valuable time and energy, your ability to conduct effective leadership team meetings is essential to moving a team forward and carving out time for strategic, complex, systemic, and cross-team issues.
The Cost of Ineffective Leadership Team Meetings
The cost of wasted leadership time together is high. In addition to the obvious frustrations associated with wasteful meetings, an unaligned leadership team creates distorted assumptions, shallow and silo thinking, misinformed decisions, and disengagement. And more importantly, ineffective leadership meetings create an insidious downward spiral of cancelled or unattended meetings that decrease the amount of time that leadership teams collectively discuss issues and solve problems.
You should not hold any meeting that does not have a clear agenda and purpose that makes sense.
Use other meetings and other people to take care of tactical, operational, and functional items.
An Example Agenda
One recent high tech client used the following agenda sections to improve their ability to conduct leadership meetings so they could move their strategic priorities forward and create greater levels of team alignment throughout the organization. Make sure that you create a leadership meeting agenda and cadence that works for your unique situation.
Then only discuss related issues that involve the entire team – otherwise use a different meeting. Ideally the performance dashboard would be sent out to the team prior to the meeting.
The Bottom Line
How leaders spend their time with their teams is one of a company’s most precious and influential resources. Get your leadership meetings right to ensure that every leadership team focuses on what matters most and that they stay on the same page. You will know you are headed in the right direction when your leadership team meetings are worth the time and you are making better decisions faster.
To learn more about how to create greater levels of leadership team alignment, download How Leaders Break Down Silos and Resolve Cross-Unit Conflicts
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