I’ve been studying and writing about organizational meetings for years. And I’ve offered lots of tips, techniques, and “rules” for making your meetings matter – to the organization, to your staff, and to yourself.
But I haven’t spent enough time discussing why making meetings matter is so important. In other words, what is the business case for changing the way you design and lead meetings?
To do that we have to look at the two dimensions of effectiveness:
- Improving outcomes: better decisions, more creative solutions, higher levels of participant engagement, strengthened working relationships, and happier participants;
- Reducing costs: fewer meetings, shorter meetings, and more efficient meetings, leaving more time for people to get their own work done.