Ever sat through a pointless staff meeting?
You meet because a meeting is on the calendar. You debate and discuss with no real outcomes.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You can step out of the ordinary and meet to work ON it. Here are three staff meeting ideas for your next team meeting or offsite.
1. Six by Six
As leaders, the urgent often pulls us away from the important.
But it’s even easier to get pulled away from what’s important if you haven’t taken time to identify what’s important.
You can’t focus on what you don’t identify.
That’s where a 6 x 6 comes in. In Axiom, Bill Hybles, the Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community church, asks it this way: ”What is the greatest contribution I can make to the Willow Creek community in the next six weeks?”
He narrows the list to six projects and pours his energy into those over the next six weeks. Once the time is up, he does it it again. This allows him to focus on what’s truly important.
There is great personal value in this exercise. But it’s also a great exercise to do with your team.
In your next staff meeting, take time to discuss what are the six most important (not urgent) things that should happen in your organization in the next six weeks. Make a list and whittle it down through debate and discussion.
2. What is Good, Bad, Missing, or Confusing?
You’ve heard of the good, the bad and the ugly. This is similar. It just happens in a meeting and not in the wild west.
In your next meeting, answer these four questions about your organization. These questions can help you create an honest assessment.
- What’s good in our organization? What about each department or team?
- What’s bad in our organization? What about each department or area?
- What’s missing in our organization? You can get specific with different areas here, too.
- What’s confusing in our organization? Website? Processes?
Let each person give feedback on the overall organization, but you apply the same questions to specific areas. Do this, and you’ll build a realistic picture of where you really are as an organization.
Jim Collins says great leaders confront the brutal facts. Be honest in your assessment.
3. Core Value Checkup
Every organization has core values. Some just write them down and talk about them more often. Others have well-written core values that don’t ever show up in the everyday activities.
But what happens down the hall is far more important than what hangs on the walls. So this meeting is all about comparing the two.
This assignment is simple, really. Write down your core values on one side of a sheet of paper or on one side of a dry erase board.
Then, as a team, assign letter grades. Encourage honesty and receive feedback with grace. Don’t rush it.
As you evaluate, you’re not evaluating the core value itself, but how it’s fleshed out in your organization. Look at your last big event, your last newsletter and your last activity. Identify any gaps between what you say is important and reality.
As a follow up, you could talk about action steps and how you plan to close the gap between desire and reality.
For more about how to connect your meetings to the purpose and mission of your organization, watch this free training video. In it, you’ll learn the actual meeting rhythm we use at The Rocket Company.