Episode 82

Steven Rogelberg: Making meetings count

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Be honest with yourself, how would you rate your meetings?

More importantly, how would those attending rate them?

Too often executives and professionals have schedules full of them. They even see meetings as a sign of their status, their importance. Yet they still hate the thought of them.

My guest in this episode, Steve Rogelberg, is a world-renowned authority and academic on the topic. He’s pioneered some fascinating research, and he’s found great ways to distil it into practice.

He shares practical advice you will immediately be able to use in your next meeting to get the most out of them. From framing agendas with questions to making sure the right people are there. My personal belief is that the mastery of meetings is available to everyone if you learn, do the hard work, practice, seek out feedback, and try and try again.

You’ll hear about:

  • What are meetings actually here to do?
  • How to set meetings up for success
  • Ensuring people come with positivity
  • How to get it going at its best
  • Getting rid of groupthink
  • Recovering from conflict in meetings
  • Avoiding default timings of meetings
  • Getting people to follow through
  • The impact Steve wants to have in the world

The best bits of these conversations are captured in my newsletter Strategic Leader.

More about Steven

Steven Rogelberg is Chancellor’s Professor at the University of North Carolina, at Charlotte. He has over 150 publications addressing issues such as team effectiveness, leadership, engagement, health and employee well-being, meetings at work, and organisational research methods. His book, The Surprising Science of Meetings, was named by The Washington Post as one of the 10 books to watch out for in 2019. His latest book Glad We Met: The Art & Science of 1:1 Meetings unleashes the true potential of these transformative interactions.

“Leaders have to ultimately recognise that they are a steward of others’ time.”

Steven Rogelberg, Chancellor’s Professor, University of North Carolina

VIEW RUNNING ORDER

02.31 What are meetings actually here to do?
04.48 How to set meetings up for success.
08.11 Ensuring people come with positivity.
10.30 How to get it going at its best.
12.26 Getting rid of groupthink.
16.36 Recovering from conflict in meetings.
18.16 Avoiding default timings of meetings.
22.36 Getting people to follow through.
25.46 The impact Steve wants to have in the world.
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