Hold Issue-Solving meetings
post # 325 — March 7, 2007 — a Managing post
I still get calls to help with planning retreats and other kinds of meetings. Alas, it’s still the norm to schedule a lot of speeches and force people into listening mode. Worse, there really isn’t much time planned for serious Q&A.
There’s a better way. Hold meetings where you pose a subject and ask for everyoneâ€™s input. Then build from there. People will get involved, they wonâ€™t feel threatened and theyâ€™ll come away understanding the subject. Even if there is not total agreement, there will be a greater consensus and willingness to try. Because, they always know there will be a point where they can challenge point/issue, etc if they feel the consensus point is not working.
This form of meeting also works to building loyaltyâ€”everyone feels they have played a part in the development of a solution. When they feel that what they are doing is their ideaâ€”they take pride and ownership in it and are more apt to work harder and be more dedicated to making it work.
Of course, if youâ€™re the boss (or an outside speaker) and see yourself an â€œexpertâ€ in the field, it can take great self-discipline to do it this way! YOu always want to present YOUR latest and greatest idea. Tempting, but ineffective, usually.