This meeting. The one we’re having right now. What is it for?
Is it to make a decision? In which case we need a way to make a decision, information to decide on, time enough to talk enough, and an expectation that the decision, when it comes, will be followed by a list of actions that will come after the decision. This meeting then, needs an objective and an expectation of actionable steps.
Is it to get everyone on the same page on something? In which case we need a fair discussion and a way to determine clarity and buy-in. This meeting then, needs an objective and a way to measure the outcome.
The point is to start every meeting with an objective and a plan for how the meeting will meet it’s objective and what happens next.
Skippy strategy: Start every meeting with an shared objective and a plan.
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