At the end of each work day, many leave the office or shut down their laptops thinking, “What did I accomplish today” or “Was I productive enough?” One thing that can cut into how productive someone was that day is meetings. Yes, they are absolutely 100% needed; they are where we share ideas, collaborate, make decisions and come together as a group to update one another on the many things our teams juggle on a daily basis. What is not needed is a meeting where time is wasted because of preventable reasons.
When I started my position as the American Registry for Migraine Research Administrator for Talley Management, Inc.’s (TMG) client partner American Headache Society (AHS), I started reviewing AHS’s site evaluation, a beginning point for my work as the new administrator for our registry. This informal evaluation helped me understand what was happening at each of the sites on the ground while also allowing me to immediately work with each site’s team to troubleshoot or provide feedback. The biggest change from the typical introduction and evaluation with my process? I connected directly with the site’s team rather than just sending an email that, unfortunately, would most likely be deleted.
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The topic of strategic planning is one that is (at least it should be) at top of mind for all associations and their leaders. Strategic planning is defined as a systematic process of envisioning the future of an association, organization or company, and then in-turn, translating the vision into broadly defined goals or objectives with a plan and steps to achieve them.
We’ve all been there-stuck on another conference call or in a meeting that seems to have lost focus. How much time do we spend in meetings or on calls that are not accomplishing what they are set up to do? Studies show a typical employee spends 31 hours a month in unproductive meetings. That is a lot of wasted time, too much. Whether you are leading a team meeting or are a participant, we can all contribute to improving how we spend time in meetings and make them as productive as possible.