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The meeting AFTER the meeting is the real problem, and you all know what I’m talking about. The meeting after the meeting is a breeding ground for drama, and you must stop it. Learn what steps to take to get you and your team productively addressing difficult conversations head-on.

Team meetings get expensive, so they need to be efficient, effective, and impactful.

If you’re finding yourself in these water cooler meetings after the meeting, one of the books I would highly recommend reading is The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. Read it as a team and discuss it.


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Steps to Ending the Meeting the Meeting After the Meeting:

  • Give each other permission to have difficult conversations
  • Publicly thank those who raise difficult issues or unpopular opinions in real-time
  • Permit people to communicate bad news
  • Learn to recognize phrases that signal a “meeting after the meeting” so you can stop them
  • Assess your tonality and ask your team members to assess theirs
  • Do a meeting debrief
  • Model the behavior you want to encourage and absolutely positively unapologetically refuse to participate in a meeting after the meeting

If you take nothing else away from this episode, commit to refusing to participate in a meeting after a meeting.

THE fix my boss workBOOK



This workbook is intended to be used in conjunction with the book, "Fix My Boss" to cultivate respect, risk courageous conversations, and increase the bottom line. The exercises and activities provided will guide you through a step-by-step process of understanding, analyzing, and taking action to create positive change in your workplace.

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