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Every meeting should be aimed at achieving someone’s goals; that person is the one responsible for the meeting and decides what they want to get out of it and how they will do so.
If your goal is to have people with different opinions work through their differences (i.e., open-minded debate), you’ll run your meeting differently than if its goal is to educate.
It is up to the meeting leader to balance conflicting perspectives, push through impasses and decide how to spend time wisely.
If you’re running the conversation, you should be weighing the potential cost in the time that it takes to explore opinions of inexperienced employees versus the potential gain in being able to assess their thinking and gain a better understanding of what they’re like.
It establishes that you have to give someone 2 uninterrupted minutes to explain their thinking, before jumping in with your own.
This ensures everyone has time to communicate their thoughts without worrying they will be misunderstood or drowned out by a louder voice.
If you’re feeling pressured, say something like, “I’m going to need to slow you down so I can make sense of what you’re saying.” Then, ask your questions.
Conversations that fail to reach completion are a waste of time.
When there is an exchange of ideas, it is important to end it by stating the conclusions. If there is agreement, say it; if not, say that. When further action has been decided, get those tasks on a to-do list, assign people to do them, and specify due dates
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by Ray Dalio
Your principles should reflect the values you truly believe in.
While it isn’t always a bad thing to use the principles of someone else (it’s hard to come up with your own, and often much wisdom has gone into those already created), adopting pre-packaged principles without much reflection can expose you to the risk of inconsistency with your true values.
Your principles will influence your standards of behavior. In relationships with other people, your and their principles will decide how you collaborate.
People who have shared values and principles get along. People who don’t share values and principles, experience misunderstandings and conflict with one another. Most of the times in relationships, our principles are ambiguous.
....is the most important component for conducting more effective meetings.
It establishes the parameters, organizes the terms of reference and tells everybody in the room w...
During a meeting, do not penalize the people who were there on time by waiting for others who are late.
Assume that the latecomer is not coming at all and get right on with the meeting.
During meetings, it’s very important to get input from everybody, not only from those eager to contribute but even from those who are shyer and less likely to speak up.
For a meeting to meet this outcome, or objective, you have to be clear about what it is.