SMART Meetings For Smart Managers

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We’ve all heard about SMART goals. Have you ever considered the concept of SMART meetings?

Leaders and managers who make their meetings SMART are showing one of the qualities that employees value: respect for the time, the energy and effort, the skills and the dignity of the individual. In human-centred workplaces, the individual human being is placed front and centre; the SMART meeting is an indicator of a human-centred approach.

Are your meetings SMART meetings?

Here’s a quick checklist:

SMART meetings are Specific

Is the agenda clear? Is it specifically focused on one main purpose, or topic that goes beyond dissemination of information?

They are Measurable

Have you expressed clear aims for the meeting, and outlined the ways you will know (and communicate) the meeting has achieved them? Have you arranged for accurate minute-taking, to ensure the outcomes are recorded and acted upon?

They are Achievable

Can you address the agenda items, or discussion topics, sufficiently in the meeting? Have you made available all the necessary human, and other, resources?

They are Relevant

Is the meeting format the right one (e.g. is there need, opportunity and provision for genuine two-way communication, or could you achieve the meeting’s purpose by email or memo)? Do all the people at the meeting really need to be there?

SMART meetings are Timely

Have you scheduled the meeting at the most productive time of the day? Is the duration of the meeting fixed and announced? What measures are in place to prevent it going over time?

There is more detail in the learning resource S.M.A.R.T. meetings; it’s about human respect.

If we are just a little bit ‘smart’ before we call a meeting, we can be sure that we are putting our valuable human resources to best use.

SMART meetings demonstrate respect for the human beings in the organisation. The bonus, of course, is greater productivity. People contribute more effectively and usefully when leaders and managers show them respect and value their time and efforts. Win-win.

Do you want to know more?

Get in touch for more information on running SMART meetings (in-person and virtual), and a ready-to-go DIY presentation to get your staff on board.

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Janette Parr

Janette Parr

Writer and editor. Learning consultant in Human Skills and Better Communication — janetteparrconsulting.com