Anatomy of a Great Meeting
- A clear purpose.
- No more than 12 members. [Beyond that and it gets very strange. The personal dynamics become too complicated.]
- An agenda circulated in advance if it is a major meeting. If not, have everyone stand and limit the meeting to 10 minutes.
- Cover the easy items first to create a climate of cooperation and progress.
- Call on the senior people last and make sure they don't dominate the discussion.
- Identify items as Action items, Information items, and Analysis items. Make sure the Action items are completed.
- Unless there is an extraordinary reason, stick to the agenda and prevent detours.
- At the end of the meeting be crystal clear on specifically who (avoid the vague "we") will do exactly what ( both in quality and quantity) by precisely when (beware of "as soon as possible").