Management Tactic #2: Run Your Meetings Like Obama
I’m the first to admit that I’m not great at running meetings. I’m supposed to facilitate bi-weekly meetings at my current organization, but all I really do is create the schedule and then let people talk for two hours. I don’t like to cut anyone off or put words in anyone’s mouth, and as a result, the extroverts talk a lot and the introverts say very little, and we end up rushing to finish at the end because we don’t stick to time limits. I take full responsibility (which, by the way, is a future management tactic: Taking Full Responsibility).
- Frame the questions you want answered.
- Give each person a chance to speak.
- Engage each person and ask questions.
- Sum up what you’ve learned and heard.
- Indicate the direction you’re leaning.