Perhaps the single biggest problem with businesses today is that employees hate meetings. Most are crap. There are two reasons to have company wide or leadership meeting: (i) to solve a problem; and (ii) to vote on something important. All other “meetings” that involve training or culture building should be called something different and not be such formal affairs at all. If you hire 200 new people, you wouldn’t want to call a meeting for them, you’d want to call an orientation and make it interactive.
Best for small teams or companies to solve problems and form policy. For example, a big law firm may experience a slow down in opening new matters because it has brought on new partners that has overloaded the conflicts department. The workshop would include:
- Appoint a point person
- Whiteboard the problem/question
- Individual brainstorming
- Idea sharing
- Take a vote
The leadership needs to take a proactive approach in testing new policies as to the fit within the overall company structure. A hard deadline should also be established. The policy should include a step by step process ironed out through role playing. Training should follow any implementation to further improve the skill. Finally, benchmark and reward positive outcomes. This could mean simply giving credit for a job well done or monetary rewards or both.