Last year I attended a leadership session at my work to grow leadership capacity in the face of the grey wave sweeping our organization. Admittedly, I’m a leadership geek. It’s grabbed by attention since before I ought to have cared. I remember watching national convention speeches on TV with a Slurpee in one hand and a comic in the other when the other neighborhood kids had divergent interests. Therefore, I was surprised when a particular leadership topic caught me off guard. It was the idea that one of the most critical skills a leader can have is to run an effective meeting.
The reason it resonated with me was that I absolutely agreed and didn’t see it until then. However, I have a theory that most hiring managers and up-chain folks are ignorant like I was. I’ve suffered though too many bad meetings, and I’ve deducde that these could have been avoided if running good meetings wasn’t too often treated like an afterthought when filling leadership positions.
Recently, I was recruited to lead a half-day professional development session, and the topic of effective meetings immediately sprang to my mind. Spending 3-4 hours on running a snappy meeting is exactly what I think many aspiring leaders need but are too afraid (or naive) to ask for.
My plan is to attack it from before (planning), during (delivery) and after (reflective & follow-up) perspectives. I chose the title “Effective Meetings for Really, Really, Ridiculously Smart People” to prime participants that I prefer to spice professional development with a dash of levity. After all, when we’re temporarily de-chained from our desks, why not make learning enjoyable?
I would love your feedback. What do you think of this premise? How about the workshop title? What are some key items you think I should cover?