Good Meetings are Essential for Good Strategy

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The most important reason for a meeting is MAKING DECISIONS!

A recent article in Investors Business Daily stressed the importance of having good meetings when formulating and implementing strategies.  It was a reminder of some good commonsense practices.  I add the following:

  • Keep a clear focus on decision making.  Too much time is spent in the typical strategy meeting on “educating each other.”  Return (again and again) to the question: What decisions do we need to make now and in the future?
  • Make it safe to say, “I don’t know.”  When we are dealing with strategies, we have numerous unknowns and those unknowns might be a cause of threat or opportunity. The rule is: it is more important to focus on what you don’t know than what you do know.
  • The meetings that happen before the big event are just as important in identifying strategic issues.  Use that as a time to get people thinking and talking about the future. 

You can find the article at this link:

What tips and practices have you seen used for making meetings more effective?

About Greg Githens

Author, How to Think Strategically (2019) Executive and leadership coach. Experience in driving change in Fortune 500 and mid-size companies through strategic initiatives and business transformation. Seminar leader and facilitator - high-impact results in crafting and delivering strategy, strategic initiatives, program management, innovation, project management, risk, and capturing customer requirements.
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