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10 Science-Backed Rules for Meaningful Meetings
About this Course (7:21)
Baseline: How satisfying are your meetings today?
Course Handouts and Study Recommendations
Rule 1: Experiment with meetings.
The Science: Why you need experiments. (3:34)
In Practice: How Zapier Experiments with Team Meetings (3:46)
Top Tips for Running Useful Experiments (5:37)
Discuss: Experiments with Your Meetings
October 22, 2020: Deep dive with Dr. Chris Lortie, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (59:28)
Rule 2: Define meetings.
The Science: Meetings that increase employee engagement. (2:58)
In Practice: How Crisp Meeting Definitions Transformed a Software Team (4:34)
Top Tips for Defining Meetings (5:53)
Discuss: What a Well-Defined Meeting Looks Like to You
November 5, 2020: Deep Dive with Michael Wilkinson, Certified Master Facilitator and CEO of Leadership Strategies (89:58)
Rule 3: Use technology.
The Science: Media richness theory makes your tech choice easy. (3:57)
In Practice: Videoconferencing and Other Types of Meeting Technology (3:30)
Top Tips for Using Tech (7:25)
Discuss: Meeting Technology You Know and Love
August 27, 2020: Deep dive with Scott Wharton, VP and General Manager of Logitech Video Collaboration (58:03)
Rule 4: Avoid drift.
The Science: How team meetings get stuck. (4:55)
In Practice: How Hielengenfeld Makes It Safe and Normal to Keep Meetings Focused (2:43)
Top Tips for Avoiding Drift (5:52)
Discuss: Your Go-To Drift Buster
January 7, 2021: Deep dive with Matt Abrahams, Stanford GSB and Bold Echo Communication Solutions (76:33)
Rule 5: Build larger teams for some meetings.
The Science: Bigger is better... but only for some meetings. (3:58)
In Practice: How Luma Institute Helps Groups Create Hundreds of Ideas in Minutes (5:26)
Top Tips for Building Larger Teams (8:53)
Discuss: Strategies for Right-Sizing Your Meetings
September 10, 2020: Deep dive with Patrick Sharbaugh, Luma Institute (72:21)
Rule 6: Embrace diversity.
The Science: The kind of diversity that improves results. (4:19)
In Practice: From Diversity to Inclusion to Engagement in Meetings (4:26)
Top Tips for Embracing Diversity (9:10)
Discuss: Inclusion in Action
October 6, 2020: Deep dive with Dr. Alison Wood Brooks, Harvard Business School (53:36)
Rule 7: Build commitment to the meeting process.
The Science: What it means to commit to the process. (4:18)
In Practice: Company-Wide Ground Rules from Amazon, Apple, and Brené Brown (4:31)
Top Tips for Building Commitment to the Process (6:42)
Discuss: Good Rules and Bad Rules
November 17, 2020: Deep dive with Nancy White, Full Circle Associates (91:29)
Rule 8: Plan the design of meetings.
The Science: Avoiding preventable distractions. (4:47)
In Practice: Designing Your Virtual Meeting Space (2:37)
Top Tips For Planning the Design (6:09)
Discuss: Love Your Meeting Space
September 24, 2020: Deep dive with Matt Chadder, CEO instinct laboratory (72:01)
Rule 9: Use leadership to enhance performance.
The Science: Meeting leadership that works. (4:48)
In Practice: How Zingerman's Uses a Reverse Anarchy Maneuver to Improve Meetings (4:45)
Top Tips for Using Leadership (9:36)
Discuss: Profile of a Great Meeting Leader
December 10, 2020: Deep dive with Jurgen Heitman and Dr. Andy Walshe, founders of Liminal Collective (75:35)
Rule 10: Plan for creativity and capture these outcomes. (i.e., Take notes!)
The Science: The simplest way to improve team performance. (4:41)
In Practice: 3 Above and Beyond Benefits of Written Meeting Records (6:24)
Top Tips for Capturing Results (6:54)
Discuss: How You Share Notes
January 21, 2021: Deep dive with Shishir Mehrotra, CEO Coda (85:58)
Next Steps: Taking it to 11.
Beyond the 10 Rules: How You Can Advance Meeting Science (3:20)
February 25, 2021: What's New in the Science & Practice of Meaningful Meetings (87:36)
You did it! Course feedback
Putting this Learning to Work: 100 Days to More Meaningful Meetings
Day 0: Establish Your Team’s Baseline Now
Day 10: Focus on Rule 2
Day 10: Put Purpose on the Calendar
Rename Meetings with Purpose
Day 20: Focus on Rule 7
Day 20: Promise Each Other Better Meetings
Day 30: Focus on Rule 9
Day 30: Develop Excellent Leaders
Meeting Roles to Adopt and Rotate
Day 40: Focus on Rule 10
Day 40: The Palest Ink
Day 50: Focus on Rule 4
Day 50: Time for a Checkpoint
Day 60: Focus on Rule 3
Day 60: Old School Tech
Skill Drills for Timely Meetings
Day 70: Focus on Rule 6
Day 70: Discover New Perspectives
Day 80: Focus on Rule 5
Day 80: Size Matters
Day 90: Focus on Rule 8
Day 90: Sit on the Floor
Day 100: Focus on Rule 1
Day 100: Science it Up
110 Days Later: What have you achieved?
The Science: What it means to commit to the process.
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