“I can’t wait for that strategy meeting,” said no one ever. But, what if your strategy management meetings were engaging, dynamic, and…dare we say it…exciting? Read on to discover how to get your team looking forward to participating in your meetings.
Align Your Agenda to Your Organizational Strategy.
In fact, if a topic doesn’t align to your strategy, skip it. Build the agenda based on your strategy map and strategic initiatives. Cover critical issues and acknowledge successful initiatives. Stay focused on strategy and don't let the meeting get derailed by operational concerns.
Outline Topics in Advance of Meetings.
Share your information with meeting participants prior to the meeting and make sure people have time to review it on their own. Insist that your team come prepared. Don't tolerate any "question the numbers" games—make fact-based decisions based on the data you have.
Document Your Decisions.
Keep a log of what happened in the meeting and what decisions were made. Make sure to note who owns what initiatives and when action items are supposed to be completed. If the meeting gets off track, put it in a "parking lot" and schedule another meeting to discuss that issue if necessary.
How many times have you covered the same ground meeting after meeting? The key is to monitor the decisions that you made in one meeting and use them to create a culture of accountability in your organization, where all team members feel responsible for helping to achieve optimal strategic performance.
Make It Easy.
Employ software that makes running strategy management meetings easy, interactive, and exciting. Spider Impact strategy execution and management software allows you to automate the four points above and run your meetings within the software itself. With Spider Impact, you can assemble your performance dashboards, reports, and KPIs into a multi-slide briefing for management (underlying data is accessed with a click), enabling data-driven discussions around how to improve organizational performance. If you're struggling with your strategy meetings, Spider Impact is your solution.