Category Archives: agenda management

Minutes: hours or days?

How long should it take for minutes to be published after the meeting is over? Is this a lightweight topic? Maybe. Still… I think it may be the rule more often than not that they’re “typed up” and distributed just … Continue reading

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Throwing out the question

Anyone who has been a meeting facilitator knows that there’s more to the job than meets the eye. At a basic level, there may be a fair bit of involvement in the logistics of the space – the room itself, or … Continue reading

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Monthly management meetings: Should it be on the agenda?

If there’s nothing to report, should it be on the agenda? I’ve written posts in the past giving what I think should be the broad categories of topics that should be covered off at monthly management meetings. Following the Balanced … Continue reading

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Agenda Participation

I’ve written posts on managing agendas. That’s all pretty fundamental. But there’s a whole other side to this. There’s a role for everyone attending the meeting to participate – not too much, not too little. I think it’s fair to say, … Continue reading

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Boards, Strategy, Agenda

An interesting article this month in McKinsey Quarterly, “High-performing boards: What’s on their agenda?” The premise is that Directors report that they have a greater impact as they move beyond the basics. This rather goes without saying (no shit, Sherlock), … Continue reading

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Outcome, Process, People

It’s quite fascinating to read the news and see story after story that follows much the same arc: A group is furious about the outcome of some decision and as a result spares no effort in blaming the process that … Continue reading

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The five minutes before a meeting

What’s more important than a meeting? The preparation for the meeting. When does this happen? Five minutes before the meeting. Let’s parse.

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Committee of the Whole or Hole?

Committee of the Whole – Wikipedia: a device in which a legislative body or other deliberative assembly is considered one large committee. This is usually done for the purposes of discussion and debate of the details of bills and other … Continue reading

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Facilitating Full Dialogue

Often when you’re facilitating a conversation you pick up on misinterpretations on what the other was saying. People frequently do what I’ve heard called “talking past each other.” They’re so focused on getting their own point across that they’re not … Continue reading

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The Start of Another Year

So. Another year. If, by chance, you haven’t already established your strategic plan for 2013, now’s a good time to jump in and get it done before you’re completely swamped with day-to-day activities.

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