We have a new tradition at our meetings at CIO. We end every meeting with the question, “How would you rate this meeting?”
Meetings get a bad rap, and deservedly so – most are disorganized and distracted. But they can be a critical tool for getting your team on the same page.
Sounds simple, and it is, but this one question has improved our meetings exponentially over the last few months. Really, it’s not just this one question that has the impact, it’s the follow up question that provides the real gold! We ask everyone to rate the meeting from 1-10. Then we ask, “what would have made the meeting a 10 for you?”
I get feedback like: “the discussion was great,” “the meeting started late,” “not everyone was prepared,” “the topic was really useful,” “we ended on time,” etc. Each answer, good or bad, shows me what each member of my team values in a meeting. In turn, that’s enabling us to make our meetings more valuable and effective.
But, here is where it turns to solid gold…
Answers like: “I wasn’t prepared,” “I was distracted,” or “I didn’t participate fully,” help each person realize their individual roles in making our meetings a success, with clear actions they can take to improve, as well as accountability. The entire team is now invested in making our meetings better!
The meeting ratings started in my mastermind group as a way to make our meetings more effective. But it works in any type of meeting, whether it’s a management meeting, staff meeting, project meeting or a quick lunch meeting. I haven’t tried it with clients yet, but wait and see…I may try it with you sometime soon!