Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

All Those Meetings!

“The person who leaves the room without something to do, shouldn’t have attended in the first place.” – Leadershipfreak

After tax season has ended, many CPA firms begin Meeting Season. I am talking about internal meetings.

Meetings to address issues that surfaced during January thru April, meetings about performance, meetings about goals, meetings about whether to buy new software, audit team meetings, tax team meetings, admin meetings, fun committee meetings, staff meetings, manager meetings and yes, partner meetings.

leadershipfreakI love the quote (above) about meetings from Dan Rockwell  (@leadershipfreak).

Here’s Dan’s 10 Commandments of Great Meetings:

Law #1: Thou shalt always declare the purpose of the meeting before it happens.

The most important work of the meeting happens before the meeting. Confusion about purpose is always the result of inept leadership.

Law #2: All participants shalt understand and agree that the requirements of law #1 have been fully met.

Declaring the purpose of a meeting doesn’t mean everyone understands or aligns.

Law #3: Thou shalt meet to make decision, never to discuss.

Law #4: Everyone around the table shalt have a stake in the pie.

Law #5: The people closest to the work shalt talk the most.

Law #6: The most powerful person in the room shalt talk the least.

Law #7: Thou shalt engage in lively debate.

When law #6 is violated, law #7 won’t happen.

Law #8: The leader of the meeting shalt keep everyone focused and engaged.

Law #9: Thou shalt silence big mouths and engage quiet participants, even if it hurts someone’s feelings, .

Law #10: Thou shalt assign tasks to everyone in the room.

I always urge you to never leave a meeting without an Action Plan!

  • "Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything."
  • John Kenneth Galbraith

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