Give greater clarity around the purpose of a meeting to invite engagement and thinking. Here’s Peter with more.
This is the Old South Meeting House in the heart of Boston. It’s one of the most important buildings in American history. It’s from here that Samuel Adams gave the signal that started the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution. Now, when it comes to meetings in day-to-day business, they’re perhaps not as impactful and sensational as that. But we still have to have a clear purpose. So, one of the ways in which we can do that is to think about having an agenda. But how do we turn an agenda into something which is meaningful? Well, one way of doing it is that your agenda items are a series of questions. So rather than “Sales Update” the question might be, “How close are we to achieving our sales target?” . . . or “What do we need to do to achieve our sales target?” That way we give greater clarity in terms of what the purpose of the meeting is, and we invite engagement and thinking. So our nudge to you this week is turn your meetings around, turn your agenda into a series of questions. I’m Peter Russian, in Boston. That’s your Leadership Nudge.