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Two Things to Do After Every Meeting

The Directly Responsible Individual

Steve Jobs insisted that all the items on a meeting agenda have a designated person responsible for that task and any follow-up work that happened.

Public accountability works, because it ensures that a project or task actually gets done.

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The Directly Responsible Individual

Steve Jobs insisted that all the items on a meeting agenda have a designated person responsible for that task and any follow-up work that happened.

Public accountability works, because it ensures that a project or task actually gets done.

When Momentum Disappears

Why the productive conversations in a meeting seemingly go nowhere:

  • Participants are most likely immediately running to another meeting where their attention shifts to a new set of issues. 
  • Participants leave the meeting without clarity about what was agreed upon.

To Do After Every Meeting

After and in between meetings, quickly send out clear and concise meeting notes and follow up on the commitments made.

  • If you don’t capture the conversation and put it into a form that can be easily retrieved later, the thinking and the agreements can be lost.
  • Persistence is a key influence skill. If you want anything to happen, you must follow up.

Meeting Notes Are Useful

They help inform people who weren’t there about what happened and remind those who were there about what agreements they made. 

Use them as a tool to keep everyone on the same page and focused on what you all need to get done before you meet next.

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The Meeting Agenda

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A Question-Based Approach

By having a question-based approach as opposed to topics, participants begin to think and act differently, marching towards the true intent of the being together, with intention.

    Specific and Challenging Questions

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