Meeting Magic: leading meetings that sing – Part 1

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Meeting Magic: leading meetings that sing – Part 1
October 15, 2018 at 12:00 AM
by The Physician Executive
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Leading Meetings – How NOT to do it

You’re a physician leader – the CMO, the Department Chair, or the Medical Director – and you’re in stuck with leading meetings!

You groan. Everyone hates meetings – right?

What if it didn’t have to be that way? What if the meetings you led were interesting, on point, and productive?

Meetings Suck!” by author and business consultant Cameron Herold urges us to not only believe in this possibility but strive for it. In the next few blog posts, I will share some of his secrets so you can ensure no sucky next meetings.

Why all this pain?

Let’s begin with why most physician leadership meetings … or any meetings, for that matter … are so painful:

  • there’s no agenda
  • there is an agenda that is the “same old-same old” template that you use every month
  • or maybe there’s an agenda that someone slapped together right before the meeting and no one has provided any input
  • little thought has been put into exactly what kind of meeting this is
  • no thought has been put into exactly who is required at the meeting and, more importantly, who is NOT
  • there is insufficient preparation to either a. manage the content of the meeting or b. manage the communication within the meeting
  • most attendees have failed to silence their cell phones
  • most participants are on their cell phones or laptops
  • the person leading the meeting dominates the conversation
  • or perhaps the meeting leader abdicates responsibility for the meeting and leaves the discussion to everyone else
  • the meeting organizer fails to recognize the four different personality types and program and misses the opportunity to get input from the quieter or more amiable folks (I’ll explain more about these types in a later post)
  • no one is clear on what desirable outcomes of the meeting are
  • there is no clarity about what to do after the meeting
  • and there’s even less clarity about who is accountable for what actions after the meeting has ended

In my next post, I’ll share thoughts about how to begin to excel at leading meetings … the kinds even you would be excited to go to