Are you trapped in a weekly meeting grind? Do you feel like you have to hold one-on-one meetings because everyone else does? Stop already!
Category: Meeting Tips for Managers
Shane Murphy is a workforce optimization expert and an evangelist of an organizational strategy he calls “Team-led Team.” Most recently, Shane used this concept to elevate an auto parts software team’s performance to unprecedented levels. In episode 07, we discuss this merits of this concept, concerns some skeptics may have and how managers can get out of the weeds by loosening their grip. Shane is an ardent Liverpool supporter, so we also draw parallels between team management in the “beautiful game” and business.
For some managers, work life equals meetings, which means you’re not really getting anything done. You can put a stop to this time sink by implementing some of the suggestions Dorie Clark made in a recent post on Harvard Business Review.
Great ideas may come out of weekly meetings, but only if there’s effective follow-up. The more typical occurrence is that a meeting is a cost without a corresponding revenue increase to an organization.
While meetings are a necessary part of the modern workplace, leaders can make them less painful and more productive for participants. In his book, Principles: Life and Work, Ray Dalio outlines nine ways to improve your meetings.
We have all been there – trapped in a meeting that extends past the stated end time. Often, the offenders in these meetings are senior executives who get excited about an idea that has come up
Have you detected trouble on your team lately? Are people arguing instead of focusing on work? The root of the problem may be that your people are operating in an information vacuum.
The last thing you want is for everyone on your team to automatically agree with every idea you propose. Could they be holding back on what they really think because they fear disagreeing with you? If that’s the case, you may need to work on your leadership style.
Whether it’s reviewing how a sales rep did on the last client call, or discussing the next set of goals to work on, regular one-on-one meetings help employees focus on the future. Other organizational meetings can also help employees feel that someone has their best interests in mind.
Not every meeting will go as planned. The way you handle a client or partner outburst during a meeting will impact the long-term relationship and impact your reputation as a manager.
Are meetings taking over your life, and maybe the lives of your team members as well? As a leader, it’s worth asking how so many meetings managed to sneak onto your calendar and whether you can do anything about it.
As a sales manager, you might have one or more reps who are struggling to make their numbers. Colleen Francis, writing for the Salesforce.com blog, says the best managers use specific tactics to optimize rep performance. Here are the secrets.