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How To Run Effective Weekly Staff Meetings with Team Meeting Agenda

Weekly Meetings Features From Rhythm Systems

  • Spend 80% of Your Time Solving Problems at Weekly Meetings
  • Meeting & KPI Dashboards for Team Accountability and Clarity
  • Increase Visibility with Cross-Functional Priorities and Goals
  • Real-Time In Context Collaboration
  • Weekly Meeting Agenda Driven by Strategy 
Your weekly staff meeting should drive team accountability and engage your department to focus on working on solutions rather than spending the time giving status updates.  Avoid being blindsided by missed priorities and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs-the most valuable metrics that drive the overall growth of your company) by using the collective intelligence of your team to make critical adjustments during the quarter to achieve success and have a little fun along the way.  If every meeting feels like a formal meeting (like a board meeting) it might make it extremely difficult to have effective staff meetings as the environment might not be as collaborative if it doesn't align with your company culture.
 
Weekly team meetings are a key part of an overall strategic meeting rhythm that helps grow a company toward excellence and is important in executing your 90-day execution ready quarterly plan and its quarterly rocks. Your strategic annual plan is important, but the degree to which you can up the ante on the output of your Weekly Staff Meetings is the degree to which you can build a great organization.  The great thing about Rhythm's patented software is that it creates weekly meeting agendas for every person (and team) tied directly to the company's growth initiatives.  This keeps your entire organization on track and increases your Return on Payroll each and every week.  The key to running an effective weekly meeting is to have the right weekly team meeting agenda.
 
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Call it a Weekly Adjustment Meeting

Make them powerful problem solving and brainstorming meetings.

There is so much power in what you choose to call this weekly staff meeting. What you call it sets the tone and expectations of everyone that’s coming. If you don’t do anything else, at least change the name of your staff meeting to a Weekly Adjustment Meeting to highlight the change in expectations from the meeting and give your staff a fresh start. You don’t need “death by status” meeting anymore. You need to discuss solutions and make the necessary and often critical adjustments in your execution so that you can achieve the strategic objectives of your organization.  The purpose of the staff meeting is sharing information and brainstorming on solutions to your challenges.  Make sure that you publish the meeting schedule weeks in advance so that all members can attend.
 
The chart, from the book Rhythm by our CEO Patrick Thean, is showing you a bold comparison between a status meeting and an adjustment meeting.  Visit our comprehensive weekly team meeting resource center for more tools and information.  See how Rhythm Systems helps you fix your weekly team meeting with the right weekly meeting agenda template.  This will take some time for the staff to get used to, but the investment will pay off in the long run as employee engagement will drastically increase.  If you want to create a problem solving meeting, read that blog article.
 
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Weekly Staff Meeting Preparation is Key

Each team member should come prepared each and every week

Good preparation is key to spending the majority of your meeting on Adjustments rather than Status. You need to be able to identify your victories, determine what you're accountable for, talk about anything that has you stuck and plan for a successful week.

Every team member should hold themselves accountable to be prepared for each and every weekly staff meeting.  They should read all of the reports submitted, gather all data required for the team and be ready to discuss the most important issues facing your department and organization.  Read this excellent article to learn how to build accountable leaders and teams

Refer to the Meeting with Myself Tool to learn the proper agenda  to prepare for a team meeting.  Ensure that the team commits to this standard process for preparation.  There are 4 easy steps to fixing your weekly team meeting and putting in a little effort pays big dividends each and every week.

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Appoint a Weekly Meeting Facilitator

Rotate to keep everyone experienced.

The staff meeting facilitator should keep everyone focused on discussing solutions and necessary adjustments so you don't get bogged down in status updates. Use a "Parking Lot" to capture ideas for later discussion and keep the meeting from getting off track and allowing you to discuss all of the agenda items in the allotted meeting time.  The team always appreciates starting and ending on time!
 
They should guide the discussion by asking the team how to move struggling priorities forward. The facilitator should record action items during the meeting to capture anything the team has agreed to do so those don’t get lost. It is especially important to capture good notes on the specific adjustments your team commits to making to get back on track.
 
Also, make sure that you assign a note taker each and every week.  This person will be responsible for creating the meeting minutes and recording any action items that arise out of the discussions.  The action items from the previous week should be discussed at the next meeting to ensure team accountability and progress towards your strategic initiatives.
 
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Create a Weekly Team Meeting Agenda Template

Use this agenda week after week.

It isn’t just having an agenda; it is about having the right weekly staff meeting agenda. One of the biggest mistakes that cause bad meetings is the lack of an agenda or getting it two minutes prior to the meeting. The agenda should be sent well ahead of time and cover all of the areas that the company needs to discuss in order to grow their business. 

The team meeting agendas for each of your teams should include all of the steps that you need to take when getting together with your team, whether in a formal or informal setting.  Make sure that the mood fits your company culture and everyone knows that they are coming to the meeting expecting to do work and solve problems.  Make sure that you have time for the staff to add an agenda topic that they need to work with the team on.

Here's our recommended weekly team meeting agenda:

 

Always start your staff meeting with good news.
  • This can be personal or work related. Starting off with good news sets the right tone for an effective weekly adjustment meeting and gets the creative juices flowing. This agenda item is a good time to praise other staff members that went the second mile for a client or displayed a fundamental core value of your company.
Go through the company’s KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators.
Talk about the progress the team has made against the company’s priorities (quarterly rocks) and key objectives.
  • Priorities are the specific actions that you are taking as a company to help it increase revenue, improve efficiency or help conquer your market. Your company should be working on three to five priorities for each quarter to have enough team energy to see them through to completion. If you use OKRs, or Objectives and Key Results, you should use those here.
Share your individual focus for the week.
  • What does a successful week look like for you? Do you need any assistance from any other team members to get that accomplished? Is your focus aligned with the business objectives for the week?  Are you ready to hold yourself accountable?
Discuss your customers, both internal and external.
  • What type of feedback have you received? Are there victories and bright spots that can be shared across the company? Are there any customers that need a follow up from a manager? What are they dealing with that you can solve for them?
Review your parking lot.
  • A parking lot is a storage area for items that need to be further explored but weren’t germane to the topic being discussed at the time. Parking lots are an effective way to keep meetings on track and should be used by your weekly meeting facilitator. Keeping a spot for these items, and making sure you go back to them to get them resolved, is a key strategy for keeping weekly meetings focused.

 

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Now Stay in an Effective Meeting Rhythm

Establishing the right meeting rhythms with your executive team is key.

Many executive leadership teams spend several hours per week in meetings together. When you consider the salaries and the many other demands on their time, you want to be sure you are having effective weekly meetings every week! The only way you'll reach your Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) is to have the perfect Rhythm of meetings.

Make sure you establish a habit of doing everything possible to only having meetings that add value. Keep them future-focused, do not give status updates, that is the past. Have discussions that lead you to make the necessary adjustments to achieve the company plan.  Now that you have a staff meeting agenda template, make sure that you actually use it!

One of the best ways to increase the effectiveness of your meetings is to appoint a great weekly team meeting facilitator.  A great meeting facilitator will help you make sure that every voice gets heard, that action items are captured and that the meeting stays on track following the agenda. You can learn new facilitations skills with our free weekly meeting facilitation guide: 3 Steps to Ensure Your Meeting Will Be A Success.

 

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