Plan, Execute and Follow Up Business people spend a huge amount of time in meetings, and A-players know how to use them to move the ball forward. I assume most people know the steps to actually get results out of meetings, but I can ensure you that a minority of people actually follow them.
Prepare by determining what you want to achieve. Create an agenda that focuses on this goal. Send the agenda out before the meeting, ask for changes and updates to it before the session starts.
In the meeting, follow the agenda. Ask for commitments: Who is going to do this? By when? Have someone write these commitments down and email them to all participants within 24 hours of the meeting's completion. Hold people accountable to their commitments. Follow these steps and watch the productivity of said meetings improve.
Conclusion: Success is defined by spending your time on activities and efforts that have meaning and value. Don't try to reach a little higher on everything in your life - you won't make progress. Identify the priorities for your life and your business, and then push yourself and your people to reach a little higher in those areas. You will become more valuable and stand out in the process.
Eric Herrenkohl is President of Herrenkohl Consulting and the author of How to Hire A-Players www.howtohireaplayers.com.