Effective meetings and the dancing bears…


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Innovation and the chase of perfection. There is always something we can do better. As technologists, as architects and as human beings. We race to bring about all the things in our control and place them into controlled solutions and hope the things we don’t control, don’t explode. I wonder however if there is a better way. A unified modeling language for variables within the design and human interactions we have.

Meetings:

What types of meetings are there?

  • Unstructured
  • Managed
  • Brain storming

Are there other types of meetings? Defining the three types of meetings with first unstructured. Unstructured meetings can be very successful (strong leader) or horribly offsetting (unmanaged chaos). The overall impact of of an unstructured meeting without a strong leader is significant. But what happens when someone other than the leader tries to provide structure to the meeting, or there are two below average leaders trying to lead an unstructured meeting? In my book transitional services I talk about the idea stifling impact of this type of meeting. It destroys the open communication required for effective meetings. Managed and brain storming meetings are very easily understood, a managed meeting as a distinct starting time and agenda. There is only one person managing the speaking (but not the only speaker). Brain storming meetings should have no set beginning but a maximum length where ideas are thrown out. The only structure here should be an agreement to brain storm first.

Effective meetings, and successful meetings are two very separate things. There are I am sure many other types of meetings. I once wrote about meetings that featured dancing bears with colored markers, as a description of an unstructured meeting that in the end wasn’t effective.

How do you create meetings that build the right framework for the chase for perfection?

 

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