Monday, November 14, 2011

How To Grow People and A Business

How often do you leave a meeting hoping that you are not burdened with getting a task? How often do you come to a meeting and find that one or more of the participants has not done what s/he committed to at the last meeting? These are two reasons why meetings are often exercises in futility. How can you run a meeting and have it be productive?

One simple technique was recently written about by Cameron Herold. Cameron was the COO of 1-800-Got-Junk during the formative years when it went from three to one hundred million in sales. This tells me when Cameron speaks, I should listen.

Cameron says before a meeting ends, the meeting leader should have each participant verbalize to the group what s/he is committed to doing and make sure there is total agreement. This greatly improves the chance of the work being done. This also acts as a self correcting tool because the group will put pressure on the non-producers.

Try this in a meeting that you run and see the quality of the meeting and the quality of your team improve.

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