by Michael Holland    

Explain why you are meeting with your team.  Really, take 20 seconds and explain the value proposition for the hours upon hours you and your team spend in meetings during a month.

Teams do need to communicate and make decisions so coming together in meetings to communicate is an effective methodology.  It’s just such a shame that so much time is involved and how lousy people feel about the effectiveness of the meetings.  Meetings are boring and they are ineffective because they lack contextual structure.  And meetings often lack purpose.  They should uncover, provoke real drama seek out the ideological conflict that will incite passionate discussion and keep people engaged.

A great movie can keep you entertained for 2 hours.  The plot, the internal struggle of the main character to overcome adversity, the conflict of decisions and potential outcomes all help create engagement.   What if your meetings had the same feel?

Invest a couple of hours to read Patrick Lencioni’s not so recent book, Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business.  This easy to read business fable will ignite your creativity to make your meetings more effective.