Annual Meetings Set the Goals
Most companies have an annual meeting in order to set goals for each department. It is also a good time to look back at the past year’s accomplishments, learn from our successes and failures and create bonds between departments that strengthen the roles within the each department.
Effective Monthly Meetings
Monthly meetings are where the real work gets done. Goals that were set in the annual meetings are broken down into monthly chunks. These become manageable and individual departments can strategize on how to meet these goals. It is important for monthly meetings that clear statements at the beginning of the meetings are made on goals reached and missed. Here is a schedule of how a good monthly meeting could be run:
- Start with a recap of last month. Don’t take longer than 5 to 10 minutes for this.
- Look into monthly results and discuss if you met your goals for the month.
- If you can, have each employee take about 5 minutes to discuss their personal goals for the month and how they achieved them.
- Move on from there to discuss the company goals for the following month.
- Conclude the meeting by having each employee make a quick 2 minute statement of their personal goals for the following month.
If you keep to the schedule, a monthly meeting can move along quickly and still be personally relevant to everyone there.
Daily and Weekly Meetings
They use weekly meetings to discuss new products and upcoming marketing campaigns. Monthly meetings are used to strategize the coming months and decide what has worked and what has not. Everyone gives feedback. But not everyone is as complex a company as Amazon. Still, there’s much we can learn from their highly effective meeting strategies.