5 Meetings for Remarkable Leaders

May 16, 2016 at 11:07 PM by Elise Keith in leadership & facilitation, meeting design

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Remarkable leaders understand that how they design and lead meetings determines how well their group functions.

Why Leaders Need to Master Meetings 

Meetings serve a critical function in the workplace. The meeting's job is to lead a group from wherever they are individually to a new place where they can have a shared perspective.

We call this convergence; the merging of distinct perspectives into a unified whole. 

Teams that fail to converge around a shared perspective don't work. They hold different visions of what they should be doing. They work at cross-purposes. Decisions aren't clear, projects meander, and progress comes slowly or not at all.

It is the job of the meeting to give everyone a shared perspective on their work, and the job of the leader to make sure meetings succeed.

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Topics: leadership & facilitation, meeting design

The Anatomy of Meeting Records That People Will Use

May 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM by Elise Keith in release announcement, tips & techniques

Return Leverage, one of Lucid’s Enterprise clients, found our downloadable meeting records to be less helpful than they’d hoped. Toby Lucich from Return Leverage asked if we could improve the exports to help make it easier for busy professionals to read the meeting record. We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to learn from his experience and improve the exports.

Since we made these changes in collaboration with Return Leverage, we asked Toby if he’d be willing to share more about why this format works, and how his company uses it to drive meeting results with clients. Happily, he agreed.

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Topics: release announcement, tips & techniques

Case Study: Return Leverage uses Lucid Meetings to help clients free up to 30% of their workday

May 9, 2016 at 4:47 PM by Tricia Harris in case studies

Return Consulting has worked for many years with clients from startups to the Fortune 50. Over that time, they’ve found that the most uniform shortcoming across all organizations is the weak commitments made in poorly run meetings, working toward ill-defined project objectives.

Toby Lucich, Return’s Founder and CEO, saw an opportunity to solve this problem for his clients, and was inspired to create Return Leverage - a service that enables leaders and project specialists to redefine their workload by delegating the day-to-day details of project management, meeting facilitation and task organization.

Using Lucid, Toby and his expert team drive these often overlooked essential habits within client organizations in a very effective way.

We spoke with Toby Lucich for this case study, and here’s what he had to say.

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Topics: case studies

How to Lead a Successful Project Retrospective Meeting

April 29, 2016 at 6:48 PM by Elise Keith in meeting design

We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.

John Dewey

These meetings go by many names - postmortems, retrospectives, after-action reviews, wrap-ups, project “success” meetings. Regardless of what you call them, they all have the same goal and follow the same basic pattern. The Project Retrospective dedicates time to reviewing a completed project and learning from both the successes and the failures so the team and organization can improve their processes going forward.

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Topics: meeting design

The Power of Gratitude in Meetings

April 21, 2016 at 4:38 PM by Tom Flynn in leadership & facilitation

We've known Tom Flynn for many years. Over lunch recently, he shared with us this story about a master facilitator he met early in his career who had a powerful influence on shaping the kind of leader Tom is today.

With all the "tips" and "tricks" and "5 easy ways" we see every day about how to improve our meetings, it's easy to lose sight of how important the simple things, like really listening and remembering to say thank you, can be. Tom's story is a beautiful reminder and we're very grateful he's allowing us to share it with you here.

Thank you, Tom, from all of us at Lucid.

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Topics: leadership & facilitation

Accessing the Wisdom of Your Group

April 13, 2016 at 11:06 PM by Paul Axtell in meeting design

Once in a while, a new manager will come to an organization and do something that is both bold and disruptive. First, they will ask the group to set aside their PowerPoint slides and their usual meeting topics for an hour. Next, they will open up the conversation in a simple, elegant and powerful way.

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Topics: meeting design

The Remote Team Meeting Essentials Pack

April 12, 2016 at 2:56 PM by Tricia Harris in remote work

On the TV show The Profit, Marcus Lemonis teaches that “people, process and product” are the three keys to a successful business. As Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, he leads close to 6,000 employees in over 100 cities across the US. I’ll take that as a credible source.

There are numerous processes out there to run a business, manage people, and develop products, yet almost all of them are geared toward in-person communication.

What happens when your team is distributed, and rarely sees each other in person?

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Topics: remote work

Fast and easy: Schedule Recurring Meetings in Lucid

March 30, 2016 at 3:25 AM by Elise Keith in release announcement

Cadence. Pulse. Rhythm. Flow.

Teams that work well together get into a groove. They create agreements about how they’ll communicate, and they meet regularly. Whether it’s a daily huddle, a bi-weekly check-in, or a monthly committee meeting, most groups working together establish a regular, repeating meeting time. The regular meeting is a key tool in achieving the organizational discipline required to perform at a high level.

Lucid Meetings now supports the ability to schedule these repeating meetings using your favorite meeting template, making this the fastest and easiest way to get your team’s regular meetings set up.

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Topics: release announcement

How to Run an Urgent Problem Solving Meeting

March 24, 2016 at 6:17 PM by Elise Keith in meeting design

Everything exploded. You’ve got a mess. Now what?

In one of the first posts on this blog, our friend and former partner wrote about adapting his emergency response training as a SCUBA instructor to the business setting. Chris translated the steps for triaging a physical emergency into a basic meeting agenda. It looked very much like the “Red Light” process John used when he worked a computer manufacturing firm, and like the “All Hands on Deck!” meeting I remembered from my time in client services. Since then, I’ve seen many formats for problem-solving meetings, and the basic pattern holds.

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Topics: meeting design

Getting Work Done in Meetings: Structures for Success

March 15, 2016 at 1:56 PM by Rick Lent in meeting design

Leaders get work done through the conversations they hold. Often those conversations are in meetings—particularly when multiple people need to be in the discussion. In spite of all the criticism of time-wasted in meetings, leaders need meetings to create new insights, build understanding, and make decisions with their teams.

As a leader, you can choose to make your meetings more effective by understanding how to structure them and when to hold them to accomplish real work together. Effective meeting structure is the key.

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Topics: meeting design