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Do you really need to hold that weekly catch-up?

Consultant Art Petty wants you to kill your weekly status meeting. If you require your team to convene simply to understand what is going on, you need instead to learn how to engage with your team members in the ordinary course of business. Leadership Caffeine blog

COMMUNICATION

Skip the meeting, read the e-mail

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Weekly meetings are often defended as necessary to keep everyone informed about what everyone else is doing. Instead, consultant Alison Green says you might experiment with having someone compiling the updates into a department-wide e-mail rather than presenting them orally at a meeting. If the notes are concise, most people will read them, she believes. AskAManager.org

ORGANIZATION

The first question before the first question

The first question to ask at a problem-solving meeting, according to consultant Kevin Eikenberry, is: What is the problem?

HR consultant Lisa Rosendahl agrees that this is an excellent question, but insists even more fundamental one is: Are you open to changing your mind by what is communicated at the meeting? LisaRosendahl.com

TECH TIP

Online tool helps refresh presentations

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You can improve your presentations at meetings with a free presentation template from Talent Technologies that helps to organize your ideas and themes coherently. Talent Technologies.com

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Management columnist

Harvey Schachter is a Kingston, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online column, Power Points. More

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