Time’s too precious to wonder if tasks and projects will be done on time. Or worry if your frustrating co-workers will do a sloppy job because they’re not accountable to someone for the quality of their work.
Also, a global survey of 38,000 people found that ineffective meetings are one of the top three corporate time wasters. According to the manager, they spend up to 23 hours a week chit-chatting in rooms with others, yet more than two thirds of them believe meetings aren’t productive!
Why more meetings? It’s probably because more and more companies are organised around teams – and teams require meetings. Organisations are becoming flatter with less structure and making more use of self-directed teams. The assumption is that employees have information and other resources that the organisation needs to tap into, and the important ideas and innovation can emerge through employee interaction. A meeting is often the vehicle of choice.
My team have meetings like any other organisation, but with Mike and I out facilitating workshops, it’s critical we guarantee a method for defining responsibilities and ensuring action afterwards.
We use ‘RASCI’. It’s a great tool we’ve embedded into our strategy programme to help with implementation. But of course it should be used for day-to-day tasks and meetings as well!
The descriptions in the image are pretty clear, but here are a few things to keep in mind.
Losing productivity on something as simple as mixing up who is doing what is a ‘peak performance crime’. Create time by asking “Who is the ‘R’?” at the end of your next meeting!