What Time To Hold Your Meetings, And Other Advice On Teams

Psychologist Christian Jarrett has a terrific piece on the 99u blog about how to make teamwork succeed. My favorite nugget:

“If you only have one team session a week, consider Tuesdays at 3 p.m.: in 2009, the events-scheduling service When Is Good published an analysis of its client data, which showed people’s flexibility peaked at this time.

Also, pay attention to your agenda—a study from the 90s found that decision-making groups allocated more time to earlier items, meaning that important items lower on the agenda were neglected.

If time is short, one sure way for keeping meetings efficient is to conduct them standing up. Research by management scholar Allen Bluedorn found that stand-up meetings were on average 34 percent shorter than the seated variety, with no cost in terms of decision quality.”

Jarrett also has tips for avoiding idea-stifling “groupthink,” test-driving a team in advance, mixing up team membership so the team stays fresh, and using the team to anticipate disasters before they happen. A great read—you’ll find it here.

One Response to “What Time To Hold Your Meetings, And Other Advice On Teams”

  1. Annie: I was very interested to read a few areas on your site. Love to learn about new information regarding learning!
    Regarding the best time to hold a meeting, more specifically, the best way to structure an agenda. I quote in my new book, the TWO HOUR leader, Robert Pike, well-known business trainer, who said that 95% of participants recall what is on the front end of an agenda; 65-90% correctly identify what was reviewed on the back end of the agenda; but only 20% or less recall what was covered in the middle. The lesson, as I see it, is to place the most important agenda items on the front and back ends and develop creative strategies to assist participants to retain what took place in the middle – perhaps using games or group exercises, repetition, etc.

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