News: Suggestions for Successful Corporate Meetings
CEO Shares Tips for Encouraging Productive Collaboration
(Trinity, Florida--January 9, 2014) In survey after survey, meetings get knocked by everyone from employees to senior executives as being among the biggest waste of work hours.
In one poll, by Office Team, 45 percent of senior executives said their firms would be more productive if they banned all meetings at least one day a week!
“The problem that often occurs – beyond the obvious, like lacking a clear agenda – is the underlying current of competition that each person brings to the table,” says Berny Dohrmann, chairman and founder of CEO Space International, and author of “Redemption: The Cooperation Revolution,” http://www.ceospaceinternational.com.
“Competition pulls people apart; cooperation brings them together. Signs that competition is causing unproductive meetings include one or two people dominating the floor; individuals touting their achievements; people consistently failing to contribute their ideas because they fear being criticized or ridiculed.”
The drive to compete is so ingrained in most of us, we often don’t recognize it, Dohrmann says.
“We get it culturally. We learn it in school. It’s often reinforced within our own families as we’re growing up. We have to be aware of that and identify the culture we want, and then set about creating it – beginning with our meetings.”
Cooperative meetings yield far better results, he says. People working together toward a goal are more efficient, more productive, and even happier. The group pulling together toward the same goal will achieve that goal far more quickly than individuals each pulling in opposite directions, Dohrmann says.
How can you turn competition into cooperation – and wasted meetings into fruitful gatherings? He offers these suggestions:
About Berny Dohrmann
Berny Dohrmann is chairman and founder of CEO Space International, one of the largest support organizations for business owners. As the inventor of Super Teaching, a Title I technology that accelerates retention for public schools, he is a frequently a guest speaker to various nations, VIP conferences and television programs. As a member of the Dohrmann family, which operated the largest global resort-outfitting firm as Dohrmann Hotel Supply for several generations, he grew up with several business mentors, including Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, Walt Disney, Warner Earnhardt, Bucky Fuller, Dr. Edward Deming and Jack Kennedy. He has learned from both success and adversity: Indicted for criminal contempt for a $86,000 junk bund from an investment banking firm he had sold, he fought the charge in court, but lost in 1995 and went to prison for 18 months. He has since made a documentary about the experience.
I find that well-managed email chains, or using a "group space" text discussion system, make group meetings for daily operational things less necessary. You can work asynchronously, and get more done, instead of sitting around waiting for people to physically show up and then take turns giving a linear narrative. The emails or texts also give a running hard-copy record, instead of relying on remembering who said what.
I think where physical group meetings are most useful these days is when you are collaborating on generating a new creative idea, or communicating a "vision" to the group.