2 think what the employee was really saying was that he wants the staff meetings to have substance and purpose. He wants himself and everyone there to leave the meeting with the feeling of accomplishment, satisfaction and with renewed energy to face the next few days with vim and vigor. At least that is my assumption.
I purposely didn’t say much in this meeting, until he brought up this question. I told him, and the rest of the staff, that most of the successful businesses that I work with have staff meetings either weekly or every other week. And that I have trained many of them to have what I call a “12-minute stand-up staff meeting.”
A 12-minute stand-up meeting is just as it sounds. It lasts only twelve minutes, and everyone stands up. I will go over the sections of the twelve minutes in a bit but first let me go over why the staff stand. It is only natural when people sit they get relaxed and get talkative. Many times their focus is lost and the aim of the meeting gets forgotten about. By having your staff stand everyone stays focused on the topics of the meeting and participates in the quick discussion.
Now what do you do for the “quick” twelve minutes? When I do these meetings I break them up into four sections.
All this can be done is twelve minutes and a meeting like this can be held each week with success. If an employee asks a question that will have a long answer tell them to get with you after the meeting or let everyone know that you will send an answer via email later that day. While I do disagree with the employee on having staff meetings quarterly, I do agree that they need to have substance and everyone needs to leave the meeting fired up.
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