Staff Meetings That Work: Drop Your Agenda, Adopt a Goals-Oriented Model

Staff Meetings That Work: Drop Your Agenda, Adopt a Goals-Oriented Model

Business Meeting February 16, 2016 By: Joan Rachel Goldberg

Routine agendas and dull reports are a recipe for failure at meetings, whether they involve staff, volunteers, or your board. Recharge your meetings with a simple template that engages attendees in examining goals, accomplishments, plans, and strategies—and encourages them to explore interesting questions.

Do you hate meetings? Does your staff dread them even more? It doesn't have to be that way. As a leadership coach, nonprofit consultant, and former association executive director, I've spent a lot of time in meetings—both productive and useless, boring and stimulating. What makes the difference? It's not the agenda; it's the set-up: setting expectations, providing focus, and defining follow-through. ...