Lee Newman (@NewmanLee), Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences at IE University and Dean of Innovation and Behavior at IE Business School, has again been published in the Wall Street Journal’s The Expert section. In the article, “How Mixed Objectives Can Sink a Meeting”, Lee explores how to get the most out of work meetings from a management perspective. He examines how a positive leadership style can result in a more collaborative, productive and comprehensive understanding within your team, getting the most out of a meeting.
“There are a myriad of objectives you might pursue in a meeting. For example, you might have a meeting to engage in dialogue and wide-open thinking, to reason deeply through a small set of options, to convince and inspire, or to communicate and firmly direct. What’s important is to have in mind a clear idea of what needs to happen in the meeting, and then stick to it while exercising an appropriate leadership style”, he explains.
Lee uses an insightful hypothetical workplace example to help us understand the significance a well defined meeting objective can have on effective meeting outcomes.
“If your meeting needs to be about innovative thinking and open dialogue, then bystand or facilitate, and don’t drive hard even if you start to feel the meeting ought to produce more tangible results; if the meeting needs to be about how to execute a decision already made, then don’t reopen debate on the decision even if you feel you ought to have done more preselling weeks ago.”
We encourage you to read the full article on the Wall Street Journal’s Expert Section here.
It was again a pleasure to see Lee’s work published in the WSJ, and we look forward to posting more of his articles in the future.