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Winter 2005   Saturday, August 2, 2014 VOLUME 3 ISSUE 1  
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Mighty Motivating or Miserable?
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Hey, leaders. Want a quick way to get feedback on team meetings and involve everyone in improving your meeting process? Try this simple meeting postmortem.
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Mighty Motivating or Miserable?
Improve Your Team Meetings

Make your team meetings more effective. After each team meeting, ask all participants to anonymously rate their satisfaction with the meeting on a scale from 1 to 7, where 7 is “Mighty Motivating” and 1 is “Miserable”.

1. Have each person write their number on a card and pass the cards to one person to be collected.

2. Ask a volunteer to write a list of numbers (rating scale) on a flip chart, starting with 7 and the words “Mighty Motivating” at the top and counting down to 1 and the words “Miserable”.

3. Record and tally the ratings by writing hash marks by each number on the scale.

4. Then, as team leader, open up the discussion by asking: “Would anyone who rated the meeting a 2 or a 3 be willing to share why this was an unsatisfactory meeting?”

You may be surprised by what you hear…

• Perhaps an agenda item was skipped that was very important to one person, even though others may not have thought so. How much better to find this out immediately and address it than risk one person disengaging or undermining things over time!

• Or, if you get feedback that the meeting was boring and contained nothing of interest, use it as an opportunity to actively involve everyone in setting future meeting agendas. Make everyone on your team accountable for good meeting process.

Once is not enough! Institutionalize these postmortems so that they become a regular part of your team meetings. Put rankings of the previous meeting right into the minutes of the next meeting, along with recommendations for what should be done differently. Over time your meetings — and effectiveness as a leader — will be mighty motivating.


Adapted from “Popular Postmortem” exercise on page 400 in The Fifth Discipline Field Book: Strategies and Tools to Build a Learning Organization (Authors: Peter M. Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard B. Ross and Bryan J. Smith; Copyright 1994.)



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