In one of the People and Business Management workshops that I facilitate we ask participants to outline how they would approach their first meeting as the manager of a multicultural team. I’m always pleasantly surprised by the imagination and inclusiveness of the responses.
Marissa Mayer is Google’s vice-president of search products. She is the last stop before engineers and project managers get the opportunity to pitch their ideas to Google’s co-founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Eight teams consisting of directors, managers, and engineers answer to her. She holds an average of 70 meetings a week.
Her goal is to make sure teams have a firm mandate, strategic direction, and actionable information, while making participants feel motivated and respected. Here are Mayer’s six keys to running successful meetings:
1. Set a firm agenda.
2. Assign a note-taker.
3. Carve out micro-meetings.
4. Hold office hours.
5. Discourage politics, use data.
6. Stick to the clock.