Few things are as tiresome as a meeting opened by the boss, followed by the boss taking the floor, the boss elaborating, and finally the boss summarising, while everyone else attending the meeting is mainly concerned about staying awake.
Changing a long since established organisational culture can prove a difficult task holding both advantages and drawbacks. A strong culture might be key to the business keeping its share of the market, to deliveries staying on point, and to the hiring of the exactly right employees.
You have busy days, right?
In that case, you are not alone. Time is a scarce resource and although we have more digital tools and aids at hand than ever before we often forget to use them.
Just like the cows of Hinduism, the meeting seems a holy institution in Danish businesses and organisations. We have firmly established rituals, strictly observed, and we have holy principles that we shield and protect. But must we always do as usual or could there be reasons for shaking things up and going quite differently about it?
Most of us know the feeling of entering a meeting room without being entirely sure what type of meeting it actually is.
Naturally, we will often know the other attendees and we might have some idea of what the cause of the meeting is. However, we aren’t necessarily certain when it comes to defining the purpose of the meeting. Purpose, in the sense of a shared understanding of the desired and expected outcome.
Is the environment you are holding your meetings in contributing to productive work? The room and its interior actually affects the way in which you are interacting, learning, listening and working together.
Virtual meetings can be challenging but when face-to-face isn’t an option and the group email chains are getting too complex, it’s time to bring the team together virtually.
All too many people have had the experience of a conference call gone wrong, awkward silences, people talking over each other, and that distracted tone of voice and clicking keyboard that tells you your colleague is using the meeting as a chance to catch up on something else. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With the right set-up, video meetings can be just as effective as face-to-face meetings, possibly even more so.
Next time you need to connect your colleagues across time and space, try these tips for maximizing engagement and bringing the meeting to life.
Collaboration is a buzz word in the workplace these days, and though it can be overused, there is truth to the expression “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Collaborative meetings, done well, means getting more done and creating greater outcomes than working in silos.
Here are three tips for more organizing more productive and collaborative meetings.