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- ) In most companies I work with, there tends to be a monthly strategy meeting with me and the key leaders in each “pod.” To a degree, the prep materials are an executive summary, or “greatest hits” derived from the monthly strat materials. My guess is there is a day of prep to prepare for the meeting and it happens the day before the meeting.
- The answer depends on how new the product leader is to the organization and their stage in their career. If new on both dimensions, I tend to spend a lot of time helping the product leader to hash out a cogent description of their strategy, metrics and tactics. As they advance, I spend less time. There are a couple of things I look out for: first, you don’t want “pre-meetings” or a lot of politics in advance — I’d rather have real-time debate with one message to all within the meeting. Second, I am not a stickler for how much product leaders share in advance of the meeting, but strongly encourage them to present a subset of the materials — focus on the important stuff and the issues highlighted by questions and comments in the google docs. In many instances, the shared advanced materials are written docs — not slides. But in the actual meeting, slides help to frame the presentation, the discussion and the debate.