Posted by: kerrywills | November 7, 2014

You Can’t Manage Rhetoric


Most days I am back-to-back with meetings. Many of them are constructive but many of them are not structured or have specific outcomes or takeaways and wind up just being people somehow talking for an hour with no clear direction. I get frustrated with these types of meetings because (per the title), it is very hard to manage rhetoric and dialogue. Don’t get me wrong; I think it important to have discussions to work through challenges and clarify requirements but they need to be managed in the context of a plan and a deliberate approach.

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This means organization! Meetings need to be in the context of a specific plan, be organized so there are clear outcomes and then be facilitated towards those outcomes. Otherwise they just become a “party chat line” where people all talk about stuff and the meeting runs out of time, having not met any sort of goal. So, as Project Managers who are paid to make progress against plans, it is our responsibility to ensure that meetings get organized and run well so we are managing to a specific goal and outcome.

 

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