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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.

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