If you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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If you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

This is a tip about Running Effective Meetings.

Be creative with how you run your agenda items.

Recently Tracy attended a team meeting with one of our clients. In that meeting there was dominance by 2 or 3 team members, others were disengaged. The conversation tended to go around and around in circles and by the end of the meeting there were no real outcomes. And the only tool used in that meeting was discussion.

After the meeting, Tracy’s feedback to our client was ‘If you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.’ Meaning if you only have one tool in your meeting toolkit (in this case discussion) it means that’s all you will use, and it will reduce the chances of reaching the outcomes you want from each of your agenda items.

Tracy’s tip to the client was to be more like a facilitator in her meetings. Tracy encouraged her to explore her ‘toolkit’ to utilise different tools that will help her creatively run agenda and gain input from all attending the meeting.

What tools do you use in meetings?

 

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