Bye bye bullshit with Meaningful Meetings
Together you see everything!
These are turbulent times. Social and technological developments follow each other in rapid succession. Many developments transcend different departments or impact the entire network. How do you make sure that nothing is overlooked? How do you involve everyone at once? Everyone likes to talk about each other, but never with each other!
Regularly turning the noses in the same direction is desperately needed - and I mean that literally. In a Meaningful Meeting or Event, I energetically initiate a plenary dialogue. Everyone can participate and everything can - finally? - can be said. This creates alignment between people, departments or different parties in a network.
What does Meaningful Meetings deliver?
- "I was there! Whether it's a family birthday, a concert or a plenary meeting of your organization, a group meeting contributes to the sense of belonging. You feel part of a whole and experience the power of the group.
- Everyone on the same page
- A meeting where everyone in the organization or a network is present - from high to low - contributes enormously to motivation and identification. Everyone shift simultaneously from old to new, you draw joint conclusions and actions are immediately streamlined.
- You can respond faster to situations. Your organization becomes more flexible and agile.
- People are allowed to think about what is important to them. About things that are going well, but also about what is bothering them. Because you look for solutions and draw conclusions together, by definition inspiration is created. Something is done (with the new ideas)!
- You know the ones, meetings where people talk endlessly. In Meaningful Meetings, we look for solutions on the spot and link them to concrete actions. Because the essence is on the table, the actions are inevitable.
- Impact throughout the organization
- In a Meaningful Meeting, everyone participates! Not just one or a few departments. Everyone takes action. This creates momentum to make a big change.
Wanneer Meaningful Meetings?
Clients often ask us to organize Meaningful Meetings to:
- Formulate and realize meaningful ambitions
- Develop a unified vision of what is needed to work together for an inspiring future
- To determine who can and wants to contribute from their own inspiration, natural strength and commitment
- Collaborate smartly, quickly and across departments
- Create strong mutual trust
- To focus on achieving concrete ambitions rather than problems
- Drive bottom-up communication, to know what's on the shop floor.
How do Meaningful Meetings go?
We put all the relevant people together. Whether that's 10 people or 1,000. In doing so, we distinguish:
- Small meetings: up to 15 people
- Medium meetings: 16 - 49 people
- Large meetings: 50 - 200 people
- Extra Large meetings: 201 - 500 people
- Extra Extra Large meetings: more than 500 people.
1. Crisp upfront: What is the goal?
A plenary dialogue must be well prepared. The miracle does not happen by itself. What does management want to achieve and why? Beforehand, we focus on the goal and take "the bullshit" out of the conversation. We also talk to different people and departments to get a clear picture of where the bottlenecks and opportunities are. Which people are involved and who do we put together to ensure focused and structured actions? This way we always start a Meaningful Meeting with a 2-0 lead.
2. Involve entire organization
Important principle: a Meaningful Meeting is not a "boss's must." Everyone gets an invitation, but only those who want to contribute to a theme come. Voluntarily. We also create support by leaving the practical organization of a meeting within your organization. No external party, but colleagues who "warm up" colleagues.
3. The Meaningful Meeting: action & connection!
On the day, I moderate the dialogue. Ask clarifying or confrontational questions, make sure discussions are short and to-the-point. Not a static meeting with a room listening to the people on stage. Everyone moves, thinks along, asks questions and gives answers. Playfully we connect people with each other and laat de magie gebeuren: in the end, it's one big, cohesive club of people who are inspired to get to work on what's important to them!
4. Follow-up voor impact
After a Meeting, I like to keep your organization on track. How do you anchor the gains, how do you let the organization profit maximally? Often I am superfluous: departments and teams go to work inspired by the results themselves. But sometimes it is necessary to guide follow-up sessions - to really cash in on the gains.