Most meetings need a bit of scaffolding
Stop winging it. Start scaffolding.
With zero structure, meetings become circular, inefficient or dominated by a handful of people.
With too much structure, conversations that matter become stilted, over-controlled.. or worse, turned into a ‘meeting game’ 😱.
So what's a busy knowledge worker to do?!
In a nutshell, we all contribute better in a group when we feel we understand its unwritten rules.
Scaffolding just means simple, helpful ‘rules’ - made explicit - to allow everyone to do their best work at each stage of a meeting.
Here are my three go-to scaffolds I use all the time to create helpful rules that encourage rather than stifle.
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