Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How To Get Control Of Your Meeting

In a recent meeting I attended at the Cavaliers, Lance Tyson was reviewing a few leadership ideas with the organization's management team.

There were about 12 people initially in the room for the upper leadership meeting, and after they finished up, the doors opened up to let the rest of the management team in. There was a 10 minute period of time when people were milling about and talking shop until Lance said, “OK. We're gonna start in about 5 minutes so finish up.”

I had an urge to run to the restroom, but I knew it would take me more than 5 minutes to run down to the restroom, do what I had to do, wash up, and run back to the conference room. And I remembered how we handled our early sales meetings before the age of the prolific conference call. If you weren't in the room when the meeting started, you were left out in the hall banging on a locked door.