Establish a set of behaviors to keep meetings productive. Team members work together to generate ideas for effective behaviors at meetings.
At TeamSuccess we created a "Meeting Manifesto", to keep meetings productive.
-We start meetings on time and end on time.
-We listen when others speak. If we have trouble with this, we use a "talking piece" (for example a ball), and whoever is holding the piece can talk.
-Attendees should have a reason to be in the meeting.
-Every meeting has a goal and an agenda.
-Preparation happens before the meeting.
-There should (almost) always be an outcome.
-Silence of attendees will be assumed to signal agreement.
-To get uninterrupted working time, we agree to "no-meeting Thursdays".
-Meetings are structured efficiently. Agenda items are ordered so that people can leave early if they are not needed.