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In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins, Chandler Vannoy, and Dan Iten discuss the subject of how to conduct better, more effective meetings in whatever leadership setting you find yourself. Here are some of the questions asked during the episode:
- Why are meetings important for the local church?
- Why is it important to gather volunteers or others who aren’t paid staff?
- What are some best practices or opposing views about getting the most out of your team meetings?
- What are some good filters on how to determine what a meeting is about and whether something should be a meeting at all?
- What are some real-life examples of leading a team meeting well?
- How are meetings conducted in an effective manner in a much smaller context?
- Are there any resources that would be helpful in learning how to conduct more effective meetings?
“You should not have a meeting to decide on what the question or the point of the meeting is.” – Todd Adkins
“If you’ve got layers of teams, those should be done from a development standpoint to check in and make sure somebody’s continuing to grow, or you’re able to address any issues.” – Todd Adkins
“I think it’s really important to let your participants know in advance what type of meeting that’s going to be so they can they you know that you have an agenda and a purpose for it.” – Dan Iten
“Part of the issue with most meetings and why people feel like they’re a waste of time is they don’t get anywhere; they don’t move things forward.” – Todd Adkins
“Nothing frustrates a participant more than leaving a meeting feeling clueless about next steps.” – Dan Iten
“Everything is a coaching moment.” – Todd Adkins
“Coaching is not just critique; it is also encouragement.” – Todd Adkins
“I don’t care whether you’re in a big church or a small church, everybody has an opinion on the way they make decisions.” – Todd Adkins
“The cardinal sin of the modern day is wasting someone’s time.” – Todd Adkins
“Don’t try to do a team meeting just because you feel that need to gather everyone together.” – Dan Iten
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