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10 Science-Backed Rules for Meaningful Meetings
July 25, 2020: Learning How To Meet As Everything Changes (4:21)
About this Course (4:38)
Baseline: How satisfying are your meetings today?
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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)
Assignment: Experiment with Your Meetings
October 22, 2020: Deep dive with Dr. Chris Lortie, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (59:28)
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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)
Assignment: 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)
Assignment: 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)
Assignment: 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)
Assignment: 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)
Assignment: 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)
Assignment: 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)
Assignment: Improve 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)
Assignment: Portrait 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)
Assignment: Exactly How You Share Notes
January 21, 2021: Deep dive with Shishir Mehrotra, CEO Coda
Next Steps: Taking it to 11.
Beyond the 10 Rules: How You Can Advance Meeting Science (3:20)
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6 Weeks Later: What have you achieved?
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