April 30, 2024

Corporate CPR Episode 119: How Your Meetings Might Be Killing Your Company

On today’s episode we are talking about how your meetings might be killing your company.

Stefanie Krievins, President of The Change Architects since 2014, thrives on dynamic change. Rejecting stagnant plans, she champions continuous learning and organizational strategies, fostering workplace innovation and joy. Her brainchild, The Change Architecture Framework, guides companies through transformation, emerging stronger. Stefanie, an Indiana University alumna, holds a Master’s and undergrad degree. Certified as a solution-focused coach by Erickson International and a member of the International Coach Federation, she’s renowned for her disruptive approach. A self-proclaimed Pro Troublemaker, Stefanie challenges leaders to embrace discomfort and drive impactful change. As host of the “Hot Mess Hotline” podcast, she offers a platform for ambitious leaders seeking genuine transformation.                

Episode Highlights:

  • Schedule virtual coffee breaks or informal chat sessions for team members to engage in casual conversation and foster rapport.
  • Utilize collaboration tools like Slack or Microsoft Teams to facilitate spontaneous communication and open channels for discussion.
  • Emphasize the need for meetings to deliver substantial value, measured against the collective cost of attendees, and encouraging self-reflection on meeting participation and leadership behaviors.
  • Encourage transparency and knowledge sharing by documenting work and sharing updates regularly using shared documents, wikis, or project management tools.
  • Recognize the importance of physical gatherings for building relationships and facilitating informal learning and idea exchange.
  • Promote cross-team communication by creating opportunities for serendipitous interactions and idea exchange, even in a remote work environment.
  • Start meetings with informal icebreakers or personal check-ins to foster rapport and create a sense of community among team members.

Top 3 Takeaways for the Audience:

  1. Say no to more meetings: Challenge the status quo by being selective about attending or scheduling meetings, prioritizing those where you can contribute value.
  2. Commit to active participation and leadership: Take ownership of meetings by actively engaging, sharing ideas, and fostering an environment of open communication and honesty.
  3. Focus on building trust and psychological safety: Recognize the importance of creating an environment where team members feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and opinions, ultimately contributing to organizational success.

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