Strategies to Simplify: Tip 11: Reform your meetings

“Work simply. Live fully.”  This week CMLE focuses on the following work productivity tip from Work Simply, Carson Tate’s popular book.  At CMLE, we’ve boiled down Tate’s wealth of knowledge from Work Simply to a few key points; please see the book for more detail and resources. At the bottom, see links to earlier tips in the series! Let’s all be our best selves….

This week’s activity: Change the way you handle meetings

When done correctly, meetings can be a powerful way to communicate, share ideas, and delegate work. They can lead to more productive teams. Unfortunately, as Carson Tate shares in her book Work Simply, “Too often, meetings are ineffective, irrelevant, wasteful, and costly.” In order to rectify this, she suggests a few fixes to try: examine the value of each meeting you are invited to, explore the alternatives available to an in-person meeting, require an agenda be used in each meeting, and assign accountability for any tasks delegated during the meeting.

Recently, you discovered your Productivity Style with a simple assessment.

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See below for tips on how to involve each type of Productivity Style in your next meeting: 

Prioritizer: Prioritizers appreciate information with a focus on data and facts. They are interested in the end result, and what resources are available to make it happen.

Planner: Planners value information that focuses on the process involved in achieving the goal, and also the date that the goal or project must be completed by.

Arranger: To engage Arrangers, include information that focuses on communication and personnel. They are interested in the audience of the project, as well as the people involved in achieving the end result.

Visualizer: To connect with Visualizers, reference the overall big picture. Share why this project will fit into it, and why this project is important.

Previous tips in this series