Here’s Global Learning’s seven key design principles for great meetings. Forget Powerpoint, whiteboards and butcher’s paper! Go for engagement, collaboration and alignment.
- Agree on what success should look like: What are we trying to accomplish? How should we go about it? How will we know we have been successful?
- To get the right results, invite the right people: Avoid political correctness: get the people that really matter involved.
- If you want innovation — don’t just talk about it: Make the program a role model for a new way of working together — innovation in practice.
- Choose spaces that inspire: Environments are both physical and mental. If you need creativity and innovation, choose spaces that foster that spirit. Programs in nature change people’s thinking and emotions.
- To make it work, keep it real: Have fun, but keep your focus on real challenges. People are busy: they want solutions to these challenges.
- Don’t try to do too much: Create space and time for issues to emerge: slow down to reach focused reflection. Work efficiently but don’t be driven by the agenda. Respond to energy rather than content.
- What gets measured, gets attention: Sustainable change occurs through focus on the issues, and clear outcomes and follow-up actions.
Have a meeting coming up that needs to be great: then be in touch!