Have you ever been in a meeting that seemed like it went on for hours, when it really did not? Have you ever left a meeting not knowing the purpose? Why do you think this is? Did the leader of the meeting start with why they were holding the meeting? Or did they allow group members to feel empowered, engaged and connected to the group and tasks at hand?
One reading that I especially connected with was the Autonomy reading. Allowing organization members whether in a student organization, greek life, or a corporation. When running a meeting, I have found that allowing students to perform tasks how they want to gives them a greater sense of autonomy. When running a meeting, it is important to allow the group you’re working with to make some of their own decisions. No one likes to be micromanaged! I know I don’t like to micromanaged and I feel like I can’t be trusted to make decisions. Having autonomy is important for a group’s success because the members of the group, as Maslow tells us, need to achieve a level of self-actualization and that can only be done by fulfilling lower levels of physiological needs, self-esteem and safety and security.
To me, the worst feeling is when you’re in a meeting, you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish and the meeting itself seems endless! Have you ever left a meeting and if asked about the contents of the meeting you’re not so confident you could do so? Start with why. Why are we having the meeting? Why do we need to accomplish these tasks? What’s the point of all this? Telling your group members or colleagues why you want to accomplish these goals will help keep them engaged and focused on the task and process.
Empower them! Empower your fellow group members to achieve goals and create original outside-the-box ideas. Let them know that performing highly on a task is appreciated and recognized. By keeping your group empowered, autonomous, and engaged your meeting will be much more effective.
You don’t want this to be your meeting.. So do something about it! Learn how to make your meetings more engaging, powerful and useful for colleagues and teammates.