It's Monday morning. You're scrambling to find that list of to-do's for the week you wrote somewhere in your notebook. Flipping pages, there's a note scribbled about a show coming up soon you want to sign up for. (Note to self: remember to sign up.) Your team is gathering, and it's time for another weekly meeting.
How should you begin this time?
Do you have everything?
Did you forget to mention anything?
With what sometimes feels like a million tasks to manage, notes, important dates and even opportunities for praise can slip through the cracks. It's not that we, as business owners, don't know how to conduct a good meeting. It's more so a matter of approaching the meeting in a way that will ensure productivity throughout the week while also promoting communication among team members.
We're sharing our go-to meeting agenda to help make all of that a little easier. We've participated in our fair share of morning meetings and complied a list of discussion questions and planning strategies that work well — and can be adapted to fit your industry and your team, no matter how big or small. Maybe you work solo? No worries, this is for you, too.
Why's this so important anyway? The not-so-pretty truth is that poorly managed work groups are on average 50% less productive and 44 percent less profitable than well-managed groups (Gallup). And on top of that, 33 percent of employees said a lack of open, honest communication has the most negative impact on employee morale (HerdWisdom). Much like a good morning routine for your mind and body, a good morning meeting can actually set you up for success.
So, take our meeting agenda step-by-step. Ask questions, open up discussion for not only problems but possible solutions, delegate weekly tasks and give credit where credit is due. Everybody loves a good shoutout for a job well done.
Download MW's Morning Meeting Agenda for your next meeting (and all the ones after that).