The Monday MOVE Idea
Each Monday until the launch of my upcoming book MOVE, I’ll be sharing an important idea from the book. This week: Stop Having Status Meetings.
Status meetings are almost a form of anti-communication
They do not foster a healthy sharing of knowledge, ideas and risks. They choke the system with so much detail, that necessary insights can never appear. There are 3 key problems that status/review meetings cause:
1. You don’t gain necessary insights about risks and opportunities
2. You keep people from doing real work and waste a lot of time
3. You fail to discuss the things that would give you insights about risks and opportunities — because you spend all your time and energy reviewing project detail
Have a different and better meeting
In MOVE I outline 12 better things to do instead of talking about status.
Today I’ll share #5.
5. Question the habits
Habit is a very powerful force that makes organizations get stuck doing things the same way over and over again. Old habits become ingrained and some lose their usefulness.
And then everyone gets too over-busy doing stuff that does not matter anymore to think about how there might be a better way to do something, or to stop doing something. Use your staff time to question what you are doing and it’s continued worth.
• Why do we do this?
• Who uses this? And what do they use it for?
• Have we asked them if it is useful for what they use it for?
• Might something else be better?
• How much does this cost? and Why? What do we get. You’ll find things in your organization which can be stopped or done in much more efficient and effective ways, if you simply talk about it with your team.
To get the rest of this list of what to do instead of talking about status, pre-order your copy of MOVE now! It’s available Feb 28!
I’m really excited to share the important ideas, and all the tools I put in my upcoming book MOVE to help you get your team (at any level in the organization) to execute your strategy more decisively.
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Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor. She became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33, ran a billion dollar software business at 35 and became a CEO for the first time at 38 (all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk)