Monday Morning Meetings!
It’s another Monday – I stared for a long time at the blank, white space on my new word document, wondering what to say?
Are your Monday morning’s that way? Did you drag yourself to work in a daze or are you bright and ready-to-go?
Some Company’s “get around the problem” by scheduling a meeting and that in many instances becomes one more reason to hate turning up for work – because it means difficult questions, more recriminations and probably workload over the weekend. Managers really need to question the content, the need and the utility of such sessions. Many meetings that I took part in seemed to be time-passes and achieved precious little. For Sales Teams Monday morning meetings are a good diversion because customers are not available – they are having their own meetings!
It’s best that one comes to work on Monday with a plan – set aside time on Friday or Saturday for this critical activity. It’s important that you head into the new week on a strong note.
- The Agenda for the meeting should be known in advance.
- Ensure that you and team have the data ready for the Monday meeting before heading home for the weekend.
- Discuss solutions to roadblocks and methods to reach objectives. No meetings should be about presenting data.
- Post-mortems are the worst things for a Monday Morning; do it, if it needs to be done, but later!
- Review the Whys and Hows; ask for support, list out enablers, offer solutions, decide corrective actions and critical issues.
- Discuss tactics and key deliverables for the week – what will be done and what it’s going to achieve.
- Always, always close the meeting on a positive note; no matter what the situation; never make team-members start the week feeling depressed – that would be a surefire formula for failure.
I can jump-start my Monday by listing down topics for the new week, with a synopsis for each one, in the previous week itself.
To avoid bleak weeks plan on Friday and start Mondays on a bright note … I wish you a fabulous week!