If you are a leader, the chances are you like being in control. Do you remember the time, when you were not a leader? Did your boss happened to love being in control as well? Maybe you have spent your time in never ending sales meeting concentrating on meaningless details about next month’s targets or yawned in an internal process training not knowing the purpose of it.Are you now the person forcing your staff through the same suffering? If yes, it is time to stop because those meetings were not relevant back then and they still are not.
Being a leader is about serving your staff, helping them to succeed. If your people pretend sick or book parallel customer meetings rather than join your meeting, you have failed. This happens if the meetings you or the company find important, but the individual participants don’t.
I suggest you start planning the internal meetings by co-creating a list with your staff listing the topics where the people need your help. Make sure at least 80% of the internal meetings consider these topics and make the meetings voluntary.After you are offering help to your people they are willing to join yet another boring budget meeting with you, which will help you to deliver to your boss as well. Happy meetings folks!