Do you ever go back and read the minutes from meetings? I’ll be honest, I don’t.
It was refreshing to attend a meeting this week where the focus was not to record the specifics of every discussion, but rather to focus on capturing the next steps and action points.
Minutes might be useful for those who couldn’t attend a meeting, but I think putting energy into making sure next steps are captured is a much more valuable investment of resources.
I might reference the minutes from a meeting, and if I do, I’m usually looking from an ego-centric perspective a few days before the next meeting, frantically searching for what tasks were assigned to me.
A key part of every meeting needs to be answering the question, “how will we do what we just said we will do?” After a meeting, does each person walk away with a clear list of what they will do by when and know that someone will be knocking at the door if they don’t?