Top 10 Rules
to Meet By
Meeting agenda, objectives/goals, and expected outcomes are clearly articulated and distributed in advance.
Time is important :
Meetings start and end on time.
There is a clear understanding of how much time is allotted to each agenda item.
Participants will attend meetings on time and stick to the agenda.
Participants listen thoughtfully to what others are saying; search for common ground as well as listen for differences.
Participants are/remain open to new considerations, perspectives, and compelling arguments.
All contributions are respected, accepted, and encouraged.
Participants will keep remarks brief whenever possible to ensure that all can get in the discussion; points that are too hot to handle or that people don't understand are clarified as necessary.
Time is allotted to: re-cap the discussion, link the discussion to previous meetings, and identify what has been accomplished.
A sharp "summary" (synthesis) - not minutes - is distributed to all participants within 48 hours.
Three key group process roles - facilitator, recorder and process observer - are rotated at every meeting.
synthesize, distill, challenge, tap expertise and encourage everyone to participate.
keep track of the discussion and help develop the "sharp summary."
provide feedback at the close of the meeting to help participants continue to improve their capacity to "meet" successfully.
Participants work to ensure that all IEL meetings are successful; they constructively "call" one another on behavioral "slips."
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