The Surprising Science of Meetings
How to quickly identify your strengths as a meeting leader and your opportunities for growth
A Meeting Skills Mini Course
Level: Essential Skill for Managers and Team Leaders
Required Time: 1 hour, plus practice in your team meetings
PDUs: Leadership - 1
Over the past decade, a new science of meetings has emerged. Researchers now have insight into what makes a meeting productive, enjoyable, and successful.
Scientists also know that when a meeting isn't working well, most often it's because the meeting leader missed a critical opportunity to set the meeting up for success.
What's worse: most meeting leaders aren't aware of the opportunities they're missing. They have a blindspot that prevents them from seeing the simple steps they can take to turn meetings from a source of organizational dread into a foundry of collaboration and results.
Are you making these all-too-common mistakes? It's time to find out.
"This is a fantastic course that uses evidence-based practices to improve your meeting leadership skills.
Dr. Rogelberg takes you through some key learnings from his vast studies of the science of meetings (in a very friendly and amusing way), and then lands them by focusing in on our blind spots - that was a big "ah-ha" (what? I could be part of the problem?)
I liked the simple tools to guide you and help you understand your areas for improvement. I also appreciated the numerous ideas and especially knowing that they are based in scientific research.
If you want to be the best leader you can be, then take on your blind spot and take this course!"
- Maura O'Donnell, Co-Founder Facilitation Solutions | Soluciones en Facilitación
Meeting leadership is an essential skill that very few leaders get an opportunity to learn. Unskilled meeting leadership may be the norm across your organization (“this is just how we do things”), spreading beyond your team to other managers and their meetings, infecting new leaders, and ultimately creating a dysfunctional meeting culture throughout the organization.
As leaders, we must not ignore the risk that our uninformed meeting leadership skills beget poor meeting leadership skills in others.
As leaders, we must recognize that if we don't improve our meeting leadership skills we are at higher risk of derailing ourselves in that we are not able to fully engage and leverage teams around us.
If this sounds like it might be your organization, don't worry. It's not your fault.
Fewer than 25% of leaders in the U.S. get any meeting skills training!
Without training and without feedback, many meeting leaders find themselves repeating the same tired and ineffective practices they've seen others use before them.
So whether you've just started leading meetings, you've been leading meetings for some time, or even if you've been leading meetings for decades, the question remains:
Are you a good meeting leader? This is your opportunity to find out.
Reserve an hour this afternoon to take this fast-paced course. Then, after some "homework", discover your meeting strengths and learn where you have opportunities to grow.
Dr. Steven Rogelberg, featured on CBS This Morning, shares the research on meetings, the blind spot, and solutions that formed the basis of his new book “The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance” (Oxford) in this course.
Dr. Rogelberg's book was recognized by the Washington Post as the “#1 Leadership Book to Watch for in 2019” and by the Business Insider as “The Top 14 Books everyone will be reading in 2019.”
- An introduction to the richness of meeting science and how it can be used to solve the meeting “problem” and the leader blindspot issue.
- A system for assessing how you are doing as a meeting leader.
- Evidence-based solutions for addressing common meeting problem areas.
What You Get
- A way to assess how you are doing as a meeting leader (strengths and growth areas).
- Evidence-based strategies to improve upon common meeting leader growth areas.
Dr. Steven G. Rogelberg holds the title of chancellor’s professor at UNC Charlotte for distinguished national, international, and interdisciplinary contributions. Dr. Rogelberg’s newest book, “The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance” (Oxford), was just released and was recognized by the Washington Post as the #1 leadership book to watch for in 2019 and Business Insider as one of the “Top 14 business books everyone will be reading in 2019.”
Rogelberg has more than 100 publications addressing issues such as team effectiveness, leadership, engagement, and meetings at work. He recently won the very prestigious international Humboldt Award for his research. He is the editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology and the “Talent Management Essentials” book series. His research has been profiled in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, The London Guardian, National Geographic, and Scientific American Mind, among others. Besides keynoting and speaking around the globe, he is the recipient of a Master Teacher Award and Psi Chi Professor of the Year Award
He consults for small and large organizations, including IBM, TIAA, Cisco, Procter & Gamble, Family Dollar, 3M, Corning, KPMG, Siemens, and others. In addition, Rogelberg founded and currently directs large outreach initiatives focusing on nonprofit organization health and effectiveness with more than 1,000 nonprofits served. He was the inaugural winner of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Humanitarian Award.
Rogelberg is a professor of organizational science, management, and psychology, as well as the director of organizational science. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and his Bachelors from Tuft University.Please visit Stevenrogelberg.com for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
“If you lack self-awareness you can’t change. Why should you? As far as you’re concerned you’re doing everything right”
- Jim Whitt, Author and founder, Purpose Unlimited