Put Power In Your Meetings

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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

09/16/14

 

6 thoughts on “Put Power In Your Meetings

  1. Nice one Tina. I read some interesting points about brainstorming the other day actually – ideas should neither be criticised OR praised during the meeting. This keeps the flow going without emphasising one over another. Analysis should happen after the meeting. 🙂

  2. Power meetings, limited to 15-20 minutes, help us avoid the “chit chat” that take place in longer meetings. I’ve also taken to distributing meeting materials prior to the meeting, and simply asking for responses to the materials (or a decision based on it). The “I haven’t had a chance to review the materials” excuse isn’t acceptable. Clarifications of the material is fine, but when people understand that the purpose of meetings is to brainstorm or make decisions, people quickly adapt and ensure they are prepared ahead of time. Great post, Tina! Have a wonderful rest of your week.

    • Great idea Trevor. I will make a short agenda or notes to pass out during bigger meetings. It would be beneficial to have a short note given the day or two before a power meeting of the topic and desired result so people have something to chew on that is in writing. Thanks for the idea.

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