Here are the rules:
- Start on time. Put the most important items first on the agenda… and go, go, go. That will put fannies in seats.
- Encourage conflict. Great meetings stir the pot. Let people speak. Consensus is optional.
- Pluck the wallflowers. The only way to develop really meaningful discussions is to solicit thoughts from the quieter people, putting their ideas on the table.
- Don’t overdo it. You can’t see the forest and the trees at the same time. Focus tightly on one set of issues.
- Stick to it. It sounds like pure hell, but five-minute daily meetings—if they’re simply rapid-fire updates, held standing up—can keep a team on track.