by: Ian K. McEwen
Throughout our Management Consulting practice, we often counsel our clients on the need to continually engage their employees in effective strategy sessions. It is not good enough to just look at the bottom right section of the balance sheet at the end of every month. Every member of your management team has a responsibility to make his/her contribution to the bottom line. Conducting successful and consistent meetings with your staff, in a group setting as well as one-on-one, will reap both short-term and long-term benefits. Meetings for meetings sake can be the biggest waste of time, and if you are wasting people’s time, you are probably wasting money. Here are some key points to consider.
Keep your meetings moving and interact with everyone in the meeting. Try and include all in the discussion and the debate. Use direct eye contact to make your point. Use positive dialogue with a focus on ‘we’ instead of ‘I’ or ‘you’. Use positive body language to inspire and motivate your staff. Don’t centre-out individuals in a group meeting especially if you have a negative issue to discuss. Those items need to stay in your one-on-one manager sessions.
Take the time to follow these easy steps in holding successful meetings. Tune-up the planning and implementation process. You will experience stronger and more noticeable employee participation and commitment, and avoid tune-out!