At Attwoods we can provide advice on a wide range of business issues. Here are some ideas to help you get more from your business meetings.
One of the key elements of successful profit improvement is simply to get people round a table to devise solutions. Whether it is a firm-wide performance improvement panel with one of our advisers, or just a small team focused on a specific project, the 'round table' approach has undeniable benefits:
But there is more to a successful round table than just bringing the parties together and inviting them to say their piece:
A simple technique that enables you to achieve both these goals is to begin with a brainstorm and introduce a simple rule that all contributions must be prefaced with the words, 'How to....'
Thus, rather than saying, 'The problem is the bottleneck at the welding station', or 'When is someone going to do something about the bottleneck at welding?' the participant would say simply, 'How to remove the bottleneck at welding...'
This immediately creates a positive tone for the discussion and focuses minds on the solution rather than the problem.
It is a good idea to have a facilitator who records each contribution, perhaps on a flip chart. Then in the second half of the meeting the participants:
Experience shows that structuring a discussion in this way not only increases the chances of a positive, practical outcome but also greatly speeds up the meeting.
If you would like support and assistance from experienced accountants and business advisers, contact Attwoods. We would be delighted to hear from you.