One of my favorite quotes is: “None of us is as good as all of us” by Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds. I am a true believer of teamwork in the workplace.
I find it exciting when my team sits down at a meeting and tries to come up with a way to increase the bottom line or improve on our customer service quality.
Everyone participates in sharing ideas. It is amazing to see what ideas come out of a good power meeting. You start with one thought and in the end have come up with ideas that you never would have thought of by yourself.
To run an effective power meeting, there are many factors to consider. Location, comfort, ground rules and purpose are just a few. A good meeting facilitator is important to keep people focused and to make sure ground rules are kept.
Criticism is a creativity killer and never should be allowed when brainstorming ideas together. Power meetings are amazing to come up with good ideas. The synergy and sense of bonding that takes place when team members all have input into the ideas is priceless too.
Power meetings should have a time limit of 15-20 minutes. Tell all staff members that will be attending what one issue you want to discuss, such as product promotions, and then ask them to come up with ideas to present.
Then go! Start the timer and have someone write down the ideas.
Once you have the ideas, management can go through them and you can have a longer meeting to discuss implementation of what ideas you want to try.
Power meetings are great and motivating to accomplish tasks without burnout. They have one purpose, one idea and produce many suggestions to make that idea come to fruition.
“Get in, get it done, and get on with it!” ~ T.C. Totaro