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Meetings as metric

Holding a meeting – getting people in the same place at the same time with a shared agenda – is the very simplest thing a team can do. Team members don’t even need to be technically competent to attend a meeting.

Meeting regularly with direct reports to talk about their work is the most fundamental thing a manager can do. A manager who knows nothing at all about the work can hold a meeting.

Taking the importance and usefulness of the meeting as a given (!) for now, the question is as simple as it gets:

“When two or more members of our team make a commitment to meet, does it actually happen?”

Do the right people show up?
Do they show up on time?
Do they talk about what they’re supposed to talk about?
Do they talk for roughly the right amount of time?
Does the meeting result in more and better action?
Does the team move forward towards its objective?

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