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May 10, 2016

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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How To Deal With Meeting Killers

When it’s time for a meeting, most companies have them: co-workers that hijack discussions, wander off topic, send texts, disrupt decision-making or behave in other dysfunctional ways.
 
The five most common disrupters come under these categories:
 
The Dominator
Crime: greatly overestimates value of his/her personal views
Modus operandi: disrupts discussion and induces information overkill
Level: first degree nuisance
 
The Quiet Plotter
Crime: practices passive-aggressive insubordination
Modus operandi: remains quiet at meetings, later undermines bosses and decisions
Level: first degree nuisance
 
The Naysayer
Crime: premeditated negativity
Modus operandi: waits until consensus is almost reached and derails meeting with major objections
Level: first degree nuisance
 
The Rambler
Crime: inflicts death by boredom
Modus operandi: takes discussions to far-away places so people forget why they're there
Level: second degree nuisance
 
The Jokester
Crime: assault with a deadly punchline
Modus operandi: cracks jokes (appropriate or not) and awaits response from others
Level: misdemeanor nuisance
 
Meetings are supposed to be a time of creative problem solving, where the best ideas emerge. Yet even some of the best managers have a difficult time running them.
 
The following advice from executives, meeting planners and trainers, for accomplishing productive meetings that'll get more done include:

  •  Limit the number of meetings scheduled.

  •  Set a clear agenda.

  • Impose a "no device" rule or schedule periodic tech breaks for e-mail, texts and phone calls.

  • Redirect people back to the agenda when they ramble or digress.

  • Draw out quiet people by asking them in advance for a specific contribution.

  • Do a "round robin" when appropriate, to allow everyone to contribute.

  • Ask early for objections to keep them from derailing discussions later.

  • Limit the length of slide presentations.  

  • Interrupt people who talk too long or talk to each other.

  • Set an ending time for the meeting and stick to it.



Priority Check On Time Management

One manager found a unique exercise for driving home the importance of time management. She hands all department employees a check (fake, of course) made out to them for $86,400, giving them 24-hours to "spend" the money.
 
In a meeting the next day, members share how they plan to spend the money. When the exercise is over, the leader notes that most people spent every penny of the check.

She then informs them that each day has the same number of seconds as the check has dollars — 86,400 — and asks, "Why are we so much more likely to prioritize how we spend our money than our time?"



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To Gain Trust … Be Yourself

People don't leave companies; they leave managers … so the saying goes. To start on the right foot with new employees, spend time with them individually.
 
Spell out what's important to you, why you do the things you do, and what you believe in. In other words, tell them what they can measure you by in the future.
 
In turn, they will begin to reveal themselves to you. In the process, you’ve established a basis for trust.

(From Living the 7 Habits, by Stephen R. Covey.)


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