Managing the Heartbeat of Your Business: The Weekly Meeting
Once your leadership team has set their annual goals and quarterly priorities, it’s important to stay focused and working toward those goals. One of the best way to do this is through efficient weekly meetings, which keep you on track for the next five business days, which, in turn, keep you on track for the quarter.
Meetings that don’t resolve problems are a waste of time. That’s why we recommend that you focus on problem-solving in your weekly meeting. Talk to your leadership team about the issues they’re facing and use the combined wisdom of the group to create a solution. Your teams should aim to spend around 50% of these meetings solving issues.
You also want to make sure to keep these meetings efficient. We generally recommend sticking to 90 minutes—or less, if you’re able to accomplish everything in a shorter period of time. The real key, though, is that meetings should start and end on time. Starting a weekly meeting late almost always results in less time for solving issues, which is the most important part of the meeting.
To help keep your meetings focused, we recommend what we call the Level 10 Meeting Agenda. It will help your team focus on solving issues as they arise:
Start this process with your leadership team, then roll these weekly meetings out to each of your departments. Often times, departments only need 30-60 minutes of time to meet. Encourage them to be as efficient with their time as your leadership team has been.
By using these meetings to solve problems, stay on track and maintain the pulse of your business, you’ll see a notable rise in the health of your teams and improve communication throughout.