Management Tip of the Day: Push for decisive meetings

Tue Nov 8, 2011 8:21am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Conversations at many meetings risks drifting around in circles unless certain steps are taken, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and (http:\\ Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Meetings without outcomes are a waste of time. Yet, many meetings fail to produce results because the conversation circles around the issues rather than focuses on them.

To make sure decisions happen and people take action, you need to have a productive dialogue. Here are four things every meeting should be:

1. Open. The outcomes of your meeting should not be predetermined. Questions like, 'What are we missing?' signal honest searching for alternative perspectives.

2. Candid. Encourage people to air conflicts. When people express their real opinions, productivity increases.

3. Informal. Keep it loose. Conversations should be unscripted with honest questions and spontaneity.

4. Conclusive. Everyone should leave knowing exactly what they are expected to do."

- Today's management tip was adapted from the book "Harvard Business Review on Making Smart Decisions."

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