HOW TO K.I.S.S. LOUSY OPERATIONAL MEETINGS GOODBYE

HOW TO K.I.S.S. LOUSY OPERATIONAL MEETINGS GOODBYE

Corporate teams love meetings. People who do the work can’t wait for meetings to end.

Dan Rockwell

Leadership Freak

Use a K.I.S.S. agenda to run meetings real people love to attend.

#1. Keep: What do we need to keep doing?

  • If you told someone how to make this work next time, what three things must be done?
  • Who is essential to making this work? What are they doing?

#2. Improve: What do we need to improve?

  • What would it look like if we made this 1% better?
  • What one simple thing do we want to do next time to improve performance?
  • If you told someone how to make this better next time, what three things come to mind?
  • Imagine – if YOU made this better next time – what would you be doing?

#3. Stop: What do we need to stop doing?

  • If we stopped doing this, who would notice?
  • What’s preventing us from seizing a new opportunity?
  • Where does it feel like we’re pushing the rope?

Tip:

Focus on things within your control when exploring things to stop. Don’t send a memo upstairs telling others what they need to stop.

#4. Start: What do we need to start doing?

  • If we had one free day every week, what new opportunity would we explore?
  • What do you hope to do, but never seem to have time to get to?
  • If you were a new leader here, what’s the first new thing you would do?

Meeting close:

  • What do we want to ask each other the next time we meet?
  • Who does what by when?

Bonus:

The simplest operational meeting agenda I can imagine has two items and a close.

#1. What’s working?

#2. What could be better?

Spice: Once a month, add, “What do we need to stop,” to spice things up.

 

How might leaders run operational meetings that get things done and everyone loves to attend?

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