Make Decisions at Meetings

Last week I talked about group communication and about presentations. Let’s consider meetings more broadly:

Make sure no one leaves a meeting without making decisions on every recommendation. If there’s still concern or confusion, schedule a second meeting as soon as possible and hash over the remaining problems, until everyone feels sufficiently clear on the issues to vote yes or no. Don’t allow projects to get swamped in dithering or internal politics: insist on a yay or nay.

And here’s a simple tip for short team meetings: conduct them with everyone standing. Stand-up meetings are very effective for cutting to the chase. People can’t hunker down in their seats and they’re not conducive to long, windy speeches.

  • Are decisions getting made at your first meeting?
  • How can you improve the decision-making process?
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