“a group of eight smart people dickering with the phrasing of a sentence is the literal definition of hell” I LOL’d at this one. You’d think 8 smart people would make it better but. . .not how it works. But seriously, I appreciated the different meeting categories and phrase words that go with them. I think the best leaders do this stuff intuitively but useful to name it.
LOVE Explore, Decide, Review! Any kind of distinctions help people when they are largely unconscious of what’s happening in meetings whatsoever.
Liberating Structures by McCandless and Lipmanowicz is excellent work about more microstructures — I’m a BIG fan of them.
Great tips here! Biggest one of me is please start on time. Huge pet peeve of mine is waiting around for the person to call the meeting to show up or having them scramble to get themselves organized. Starting and ending on time speaks volumes and shows that you respect your team’s time.
I’d add “End Early” — in my experience, corporate meetings start late because they are scheduled back-to-back, and people need travel time to get from one to another. Even if everyone is on the phone, they need to get organized for the next meeting, find the dial-in info, etc.
But that requires cooperation across the department, of course — capping all meetings at 25 or 50 minutes.
In some research I did 20 years ago, an analysis of meeting performance showed that starting on time was the single biggest predictor of effectiveness. It was also the only predictor of “big ideas” as measured by number of patents. Every other variable was insignificant.