Meeting Culture Development
What is your organizational culture with respect to meetings? Are meetings engaging, full of debate and focused, or are they dull, with people holding back and digressions being the norm?
The quality of meetings has a direct effect on the level of communication in an organization, the quality of decisions, and can represent one of the largest “off balance sheet” organizational expenditures, particularly for senior people. It turns out that meeting culture takes more than skill to change. Whatever your meeting culture, Kwela’s process can help take it to the next level.
A summary of our process can be described as:
- Perform an assessment on the current state of meetings
- Involve stakeholders to develop a set of guiding principles to overcome challenges – for both meeting organizers/facilitators as well as attendees
- Communicate the guiding principles
- Measure the extent to which the guiding principles are being adhered to over time, and publicize the results widely (what gets measured gets done) – an overall response is shown below:
For information on how to develop advanced skills in facilitation itself, please see Kwela’s Facilitation Skills workshop.