Amazon chief Jeff Bezos reports how he typically starts meetings with all participants reading the agenda and relevant memos to themselves, in silence around the table.
This focuses them on the discussions ahead, and enables everyone to begin with the same level of information received and understood.
When the session kicks off, they’re all fully engaged and able to contribute effectively, creating real progress and outcomes for themselves and the business.
This is also something to try in micro-meetings and coaching calls with as few as two people involved.
Quietly absorbing a written plan for what’s going to take place, along with the primary goals for the interaction, sounds like a great idea.
Anything that avoids the risk of a result-free meeting is worth a try, right?
Let’s get on with it!