Keeping meetings short

Ted J Rau
Ted J Rau
Oct 18, 2017 · 6 min read

Long meetings are a pain. Let’s make them shorter. Here are the tools that sociocracy has to offer.

Avoid large groups

We avoid large groups. Hearing from everyone takes too long, and we cannot deliberate — which is the goal of getting together as a team.

How can one achieve good decisions for the whole while having small groups? How can we make sure all gets done? How can we make sure we’re not in silos? How can we make sure we hear all the input?

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Just doing some of that should reduce the number of people in the room and also reduce the number of agenda items (because not everyone has to talk about everything anymore).

Define the desired outcome

No agenda items without defining the desired outcome! (Even if you decide to change after talking about it.) If the desired outcome is clear, you can channel people’s attention to goal.

I have thought about this quite a bit and have come to the conclusion that there are really only 3 different kinds of outcomes, and they build on each other: reporting is also included in asking for feedback which are both included in decision-making.

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The regular hacks…

There are a few facilitation-related hacks that make meetings shorter.

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If you’re interested in learning more about sociocracy, start with this 4min video.

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