Meetings suck. 70% of Change and Business Transformation efforts fail to meet expectation. Is there a correlation?
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So Many Meetings
To start, somewhere between 10 and 50 million meetings are held each day in the United States alone. Pointless and ineffective meetings costing valuable time, energy and sap the life out of people. In today’s, ‘new normal’ we need to get things done right. Make decisions fast.
Collaborate to gain alignment and commitment. Meetings are intended to help but often derail us from accomplishing our goals together. We have a whole blog about alignment, click here, if you’re interested.
Things Need To Happen, Fast
This is where Change and Business Transformation come in. Almost every executive, leader, and manager of people are running hard to survive and grow their organizations after the chaos and disruption of 2020. Yet we are still in countless meetings, some useful and others, well not so much.
Over the past 30 years, there have been hundreds of books, articles, and countless ‘consultants’ running workshops with tips and tricks to run more effective meetings. Yet almost 50% of meetings are either partially or completely a waste of time.
Types of Meetings
Meetings tend to fall into four categories: brainstorming, planning/decision making, problem-solving and status update/staff discussions. Change and business transformation can be found in the mix somewhere in just about every type of meeting.
The challenge is not to apply tips and tricks that are generic, hoping that they apply to your organization. Instead, real research by the top meeting scientists points to getting specific meeting feedback from your people, in your organization.
Simply reading a book may provide some improvement in a few meetings. However, leaps in meeting effectiveness across your organization occur when people have feedback on their meetings. The feedback is specific, relevant, and actionable.
Dare to be Different
I have teamed up with one of the top meeting scientists, Dr. Joseph Allen, professor at the University of Utah and the Director of the Center for Meeting Effectiveness. Over the past decade, he has published more than 100 articles, books, and papers on the topic of workplace meetings, including a new book on making virtual meetings work. I have been in the Business Transformation space for the last several decades, both as a leader e.g. CHRO, VP Transformation and as an executive consultant with E&Y, Oracle, and others.
We are launching a paid study to assess meeting effectiveness and are looking for participants. To qualify your organization will need to record (audio only) meetings of several types including brainstorming, planning/decision-making, and staff/update across different parts of your organization e.g. Finance, Operations, Product Development or Marketing. Additionally, we need meeting participants to complete a brief (10 questions) survey about each meeting they attend.
All information will be completely confidential, and no names associated with your meetings. We will assess your meetings and provide a detailed report out by Dr. Allen containing specific data indicating how to dramatically improve your organization’s meeting effectiveness.
Check us out and let me know if you are interested in participating.
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