Great meetings don’t just happen, they’re meticulously crafted. At its best, an executive meeting strengthens the bonds of your leadership team, surfaces mission-critical problems facing the business, and carves out plans for the future. But as you wade into the executive meeting waters, there are waves that can toss you around. With a limited window of time to cover pressing topics from every corner of the business, the agenda is jam-packed. When wrestling with thorny challenges, heated debates can quickly derail the conversation without a resolution. Annual plans are crafted with care, but without rigorous focus, the business can lose steam.
The executive team’s time is worth a lot, so it’s a shame to waste it. Charting a less choppy course requires careful planning, with tons of prep work that often goes unnoticed. There’s a seemingly endless stream of micro-decisions and actions that make the difference between an energizing meeting and one that leaves your executive team feeling deflated.
And even if you find an executive meeting format that works well enough, it’s easy to just switch on auto-pilot — looking at the same metrics week after week, following the same agenda structure, and not making changes to who’s in the room as you scale and the leadership team grows.