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George Bradt
Offering a unique perspective on transformational leadership based on his combined senior line management, journalistic, and consulting experience. Founder of executive onboarding group PrimeGenesis, author of four books on onboarding and “The New Leader’s Playbook” weekly column on
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Five Steps to Turn Wasteful Meetings into Drivers of Success

Feb. 22, 2012 6:23 am
Categories: Leadership Skills

At their best, most meetings are a waste of time. Instead of inspiring and enabling, way too many of them actually drain participants’ willingness and ability to do real work. Yet QlikTech has found a way to turn its annual corporate summit into a positive, culture-building and culture-reinforcing event that everyone looks forward to.

When I spoke with QlikTech CEO Lars Bjork for a

previous Forbes column

, he told me that he is “

absolutely convinced that (their annual summit) is one critical element to their having been able to sustain a 50 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate for five years


Follow this link

to learn about how QlikTech's annual meeting focuses on the "

brand experience"

as part of their journey to build a strong culture. It's a great example of:

Five Steps to Effective Meetings

  1. Context. Understand the meeting’s place in the broader journey. It’s not about the meeting itself, or even the meeting experience. It’s about how the meeting moves its participants forward along the path and fits with everything else.
  2. Objective. Set an overall single objective for the meeting and clear expectations for learning, contributions, and decisions by agenda item and attendee in order to align with the single objective and with the meeting’s place in the broader journey. (Follow this link for more on the “learn, contribute and decide” model.
  3. Prework. Make sure to get appropriate pre-work and pre-reading to people far enough in advance for all to learn/contribute to their fullest potential.
  4. Delivery. Manage meeting participation and timing to optimize learning, contributions and action-oriented decisions.
  5. Follow-through. Get meeting notes out promptly to memorialize decisions and actions, kicking off the preparation for the next meeting and implementation of decisions and actions.

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