Does this sound familiar? You are in a meeting where the discussion seems to be going on without building towards a conclusion. You are not sure whether all the participants are even following the exchange. To top this off, you are only a participant and not leading this meeting. You can’t intervene to “fix” the…

Effective discussions can build commitment to decisions, but many meetings fail to do this. One reason for this can be participant assumptions about the nature of the decision. For example, participants may assume they are providing input to the leader’s decision. Meanwhile, the leader assumes s/he is gaining their commitment to the decision. You may…

Are you planning a meeting? Consider how many participants you’ll have and how cost-effective the use of everyone’s time could be if you got the best contributions and decisions from all in the time you have “budgeted.” Then consider how much it would “cost” if the meeting really was a waste of time. You can…

An article titled “Meeting Up” in this week’s Economist (April 4th) provides a good summary of research on challenges of reaching decisions with a group. As you know from earlier posts, I agree that how we conduct our meetings has huge consequences for their results. The recommendations for improving things presented here have an important…

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