Are You Better Off?

When assessing a new client system, one common complaint I hear (sadly) is that the current management meetings and retreats aren't always a  good use of time. Yet the opportunity, and opportunity costs, of leadership meetings is enormous! View these meetings from a process standpoint, not just content, and answer this question:

How are you better off for having spent time together as a group?

Here are a few useful outcomes:

  • Expanded awareness/context for my own decision making
  • Clarity about different perspectives represented in the group
  • Greater respect for a colleague
  • Increased social capital 

If you can't easily answer this question -

  • Did you have a clear agenda that required being face to face?
  • Did you have the right people in the room?
  • Do you encourage and reward serious dialogue?