By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO Is your week filled with meetings, huddles, stand-ups and project group get-togethers? Staff meetings, feedback meetings, customer meetings? For many of us, we spend so much of our work week speaking and listening and working toward consensus, that we have little or no...

During an interview for Fortune Magazine, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos revealed how he keeps his meetings productive. Here is what he had to say: “We have study hall at the beginning of our meetings. The traditional kind of corporate meeting starts with a presentation....

[caption id="attachment_4459" align="alignleft" width="300"] Offsite meetings are free from distractions.[/caption] Drawing from Patrick Lencioni’s work in Death by Meeting, there are specific meeting formats that we find to be very effective. Lencioni says that, “most meetings lack context and purpose.” There are four distinct meetings that...

An often forgotten part of a meeting is the closing. Often, meetings are just disbanded and everyone leaves to get on with what they were doing beforehand. Closing the meeting productively only takes five minutes and it is critical to making sure the meeting was effective....

Our last blog post looked at how to establish Ground Rules for your meeting. Now, it’s time to look at how to make efficient use of your time. This means having some structure to hold everyone to the objective you have set out and making...