“I really don’t mind when a meeting overruns and we don’t get much done” said no one. Ever. At a recent Alliance meeting we were reviewing some key themes from our coaching portfolio, mining for insights that may be gold dust for our clients. Said clients include law firms, financial services, media, public sector, charities, retail, telecoms and more. The theme of too many and poor meetings came up for all of us and sadly, it has been around for ages. It doesn’t seem to matter which profession you are in, what level you work at, or how you harness technology there is a depressing familiarity that it is hard to get meetings right, either in quantity or quality. Even giving it a different name (fancy attending a “huddle” anyone?) doesn’t help. In times of financial pressure, meetings are very expensive. Indeed, one of us had pointed out to our client that their meetings cost the business £000s and the return was negligible. (more…)
My previous blog (It started with a kiss) described how we start our Alliance meetings, highlighting why we think the start a meeting is critical. Well, we also think that the middle and end are important too. Typically, it is the middle section (‘the business’) that gets all the attention and by the end we are in danger of morphing into Usain Bolt as we sprint to our next meeting (for which are probably already late). (more…)
It started with a kiss….
…well it didn’t actually but at least I have your attention! Last week I chaired our monthly Alliance meeting. The first item on the agenda is always ‘Positive Beginnings’ and it is one of the items that never gets cancelled or shifted. So, we sat in silence for a couple of minutes and then slipped into a discussion on the question ‘If you were invited on to Desert Island Discs’ (which happens to be on my bucket list but I think I have some work to do to get an invite) what would be your luxury item?’ (more…)