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BK Blog Post
Posted by Bill Treasurer, Chief Encouragement Officer, Giant Leap Consulting, Inc..
Bill Treasurer is founder and Chief Encourager at Giant Leap Consulting (GLC), a Courage Building company that helps people and organizations live more courageously. Bill is the author of numerous books on leadership and courage.
I was speaking with a friend recently who is at his wits’ end about how his weekly staff meeting runs.
He is already doing a lot of things right. He creates and circulates an agenda in advance. He emphasizes the start and end times of the meeting, and why it is important for them to end on time. Over lunch, he and the staff have time to socialize to get all of their stories out before the staff meeting begins.
During the meeting, he tries to redirect, focus people, and give each person a set amount of time to cover their area. Despite all of these steps, his staff meetings balloon and never end at the 90-minute mark. They always run long. Have you ever been in those shoes?
Have you ever struggled with how to turn a chronically frustrating meeting into a more productive use to everyone’s time?
As I continued to reflect upon his situation, I began to think it was time for him to use his velvet hammer. The velvet hammer is a crucial tool for all leaders. It’s what Bill Treasurer described in Leaders Open Doors as wrapping the hard, difficult message in a style of delivery that helps people receive it.
How would I use the velvet hammer in this situation? Here are the five steps I would take:
I know this is a jarring approach to keeping a meeting on track, and it shouldn’t be your first strategy to deploy. But sometimes a jarring encounter with the velvet hammer is what your team needs to understand your expectations and improve their performance.
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