If you keep up with SGR’s Facebook page, you would have known that we had an all-team mini retreat at the beginning of the week.
We all stay pretty busy around here, so it was a good time to sit down as a group and make sure we are all on the same page.
We talked about the company’s mission, values, culture, how to instill these values and keep the culture within the team, and then there was a part of the meeting where new ideas were introduced.
When one idea was introduced, another person would add on to it, which branched off into another suggestion, and then another idea would emerge from a mix of murmurs in the corner…
A mushroom cloud—that’s the best way to describe what we had when it was all over. And that’s the way a majority of meetings go.
The team gathers around to analyze the problem; suggestions are made to fix it; ideas start bouncing off the walls; and then everyone leaves feeling good that the problems have been addressed.
This is what I like to call a Meeting High: the feeling of euphoria after having a meeting that dismisses with everyone on the same “hoorah” page.
But days later, the high starts to wear off and ideas are forgotten. All those great concepts become a distant memory because a very important step in most meetings is lacking—a call to action.
Which ideas are staying? Who’s in charge of implementing them? When’s the deadline to see progress on each of the ideas?
Without delegating the next steps to ideas, they’ll never come into fruition. Luckily, we have people on our team who take initiative and get the ball rolling on their own; but not every organization is fortunate enough to have that.
Don’t waste another meeting on empty talk. Be ready to take the next steps to put that talk into action.