Another Use for Meetings

Written by Steve Kaye

Every meeting is a laboratory where you can observe and learn important things aboutrepparttar people who attend. In fact, you can use meetings to identify people who merit being promoted into leadership positions. Watch for:

Is it planned? Effective leaders always begin with clearly defined goals and then prepare plans for achieving them. They haverepparttar 136692 courage to set a direction and then make changes as new information becomes available. They communicate with candor knowing that people perform at their best when they know what is expected. Thus, didrepparttar 136693 person who called this meeting prepare an agenda? Wasrepparttar 136694 agenda distributed beforerepparttar 136695 meeting? Didrepparttar 136696 agenda tell you everything that you needed to know to work effectively inrepparttar 136697 meeting? If so, this serves as a positive indication of effective leadership planning.

Is it efficient? A meeting isrepparttar 136698 culminating step in a larger process. It begins by setting goals and preparing an agenda. Thenrepparttar 136699 chairperson should have contacted key participants to inform them of their roles inrepparttar 136700 meeting, told everyone how to prepare forrepparttar 136701 meeting, and alerted people who may be asked to accept responsibility for action items. All of this work beforerepparttar 136702 meeting assures thatrepparttar 136703 meeting will progress smoothly, efficiently, and effectively. So, how isrepparttar 136704 meeting going? Is there evidence of this attention to detail?

Is it logical? Pay attention to what people say during a meeting. Do their ideas contribute toward achievingrepparttar 136705 goals? if so, this shows that they're working as part of a team to help find solutions. Do their ideas build upon what others just said? If so, this shows that they're paying attention torepparttar 136706 dialogue. Do their ideas demonstrate originality, creativity, and knowledge? If so, this shows they’re working hard to add value. Effective leaders possess strong analytical thinking skills.

Quick Tip - Effective Meetings Have SMART Goals

Written by Steve Kaye

The first step in planning an agenda is to identifyrepparttar goals forrepparttar 136691 meeting. Properly done, goals have five S M A R T characteristics. They are:

Specific. The goal must tell exactly what will be accomplished. For example: Duringrepparttar 136692 next hour we will develop a strategy to increase market share by 10%. This states exactly whatrepparttar 136693 group will work on. Vague goals can cause you to lose control ofrepparttar 136694 meeting.

Measurable. This helps you determine ifrepparttar 136695 goal has been completed. It can be stated as a number (5 ideas, 10% gain, one decision) or as an achievement (Did we write a strategy or not?).

Achievable. Goals must be realistic forrepparttar 136696 resources and time available. For example, most groups could identify twenty ways to reducerepparttar 136697 budget in a fifteen minute meeting. Onrepparttar 136698 other hand, it is unlikely that a group could develop a comprehensive marketing plan in 30 minutes.

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