Is your team meeting Italian style or British Style?

One of the great things about my role is that I get to listen to some great leaders as they drill down and clarify what works for them and their business. I remember talking to one recently who has managed large projects both in the UK and abroad as he animatedly described the difference he had noticed between Italian board meetings and British. He went on to say ” that the Italians are very vocal, arms are thrown around, people shout what seems like abuse and then all of a sudden as the meeting is about to close everyone shakes hands and a resolution is found. Opposed to British meetings where it would seem much more of the discussion happens outside the boardroom.

With this in mind he said he had to be pro-actively to follow up every meeting with detailed minutes saying this is what we agreed and request they confirmed if they did not agree.

Now to me this is time consuming and what I would consider an unproductive way of running meetings. Imagine a meeting where you do not have to do very much preparation other than ask the questions of those arriving, then follow 8 simple steps that ensures every one speaks up, everyone is heard and everyone is fully aware of what their own personal next best step is.

What is happening in your meetings now?

What determines productive for you?

I would love to hear if you are more Italian than British.

Recognise your learning

What do you know NOW as a result of reading this, that perhaps you did not know before?

What difference does knowing that make, if any?

Plan your next best step

What would you like to have happen next?

Can you?

Thanks for Listening

Sheryl

Recognise your learning

What do you know NOW as a result of reading this, that perhaps you did not know before?

What difference does knowing that make, if any?

Plan your next best step

What would you like to have happen next?

Can you?

Thanks for Listening

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