I'd like to share with you one simple idea that you should implement next year that is guaranteed to boost your leverage and the productivity of your team: have daily seven-minute meetings.
We all know what it’s like to sit in a meeting for three hours, only to get back to our desk afterwards and wonder if any useful decisions were made at all.
It’s hardly a recipe for productivity, but we see it regularly. The seven-minute meeting, or the seven-minute huddle as I like to call it, involves gathering your team and having each person answer three questions.
In seven words or less, each person must answer these three questions:
1. What did you achieve yesterday?
2. What are you focused on achieving today?
3. How are you going to do that better tomorrow?
1. What is working?
2. What is not working?
3. What are we doing about it?
In seven minutes, you have an opportunity to understand if somebody is stuck and needs assistance, or maybe they can be helping you.
This is a very useful formula for ensuring that you are in touch with your team and that everybody feels valued and involved.
If something comes out of a seven-minute meeting that’s pressing it must be taken further. Finish the huddle but don’t ignore it if somebody is stuck.
Ensure that everybody is ﬂowing, that everybody is clear about their outcomes today. If the seven minute meeting starts to get taken over by one person or one issue keep the meeting moving and address that issue later.
It's short and quite a simple idea, but you will be surprised with just how big a difference having these daily meetings will make in your business. Each member of your team will begin stepping up their game, and you will have much better clarity over all the moving parts of your business.
So when you're back at work after the Christmas break, if you haven't already, create a new habit and implement daily seven minute meetings. As you put this into practice in the new year, I'd love to hear feedback from you about the improvement you see in your team's performance and productivity.
On behalf of the entire team at Business Benchmark Group, we want to thank you for being a part of our community this year. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and wish you a very happy and successful New Year.
Power to you!
Stefan Kazakis on 5 May 2018
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