So much has been written about meetings.
There is 1 goal from having meetings – reduce confusion.
Yea, some calls it alignment or whatever but I prefer the word confusion. It is precise.
Specifically, confusion stems from these questions:
DOES EVERYONE KNOW…
– What the goals are?
– Why the goals are the way they are?
– How we plan to achieve these goals?
– Why we plan to achieve these goals the way we plan to?
– Who does what in executing these plans?
– Why we play these roles in executing these plans?
Or in other words:
– What +WHY
– How +WHY
– Who +WHY
Meetings are pulse-checks on these “+WHY” questions:
– Townhalls to get the goals out
– One on one with a manager to ensure that she is not going to confuse her team
– Review meetings that focus only on observations, questions, and feedback, so there is a release valve for people to safely expose and express confusion (instead of a dog and pony show of “look boss I have no flaws I am doing my job please love me”)
– Walk-through (meetings) to clarify what good actually looks like
– Meetings to remind you that you are the mother of all confusion
I hope that wasn’t confusing.
Work diligently and #bossbetter.
(Inspired by the great work by Talentism LLC)