Let’s invent a checklist for running a skippy meeting:
– Get the right people into the room. Which is as much about who you don’t bring in as who you do.
– Have an objective. And make sure there’s consensus on what the objective means.
– Agree a start time that works in the planning and means something in the having.
– Open by giving context (objective and purpose) and setting the stage (agenda and housekeeping).
– Be clear about roles. Is this a committee, who is is the facilitator, the note taker, how will decisions be made?
– Keep on point, honour interesting distractions by visibly parking them for later.
– Squeeze for value, and keep dominating voices in check.
– Summarise the outcomes, check in against the objective, agree the actions, clarify communication channels for who needs to know what about what just happened.
– End on time, or early.
Skippy strategy: Make meetings make sense.
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