I hope you have a weekly leadership meeting rhythm going in your company. If so you’ll appreciate how the weekly check-in keeps the team focused, energized, and accountable.
As to the structure of the leadership meeting, I’ve found what works well is to keep it short, 30 to 45 minutes, and to break it into two sections: “in the business” and “on the business”.
“In the business” is anchored by your weekly all-company KPI report (aka Flash Report) that tracks activities and results (inputs & outputs) across the business from marketing to sales to operations to purchasing to logistics to accounting, to HR, etc. Deep dive discussions are taken offline for people to address during the week and report back on at the next meeting. Other than reviewing the report, “in the business” activities include updates, typically by the sales department, on any special projects (bursts of activity) aimed at increasing sales.
Part two of the meeting is about “on the business” projects. These are typically called Strategic Initiatives, projects that meaningfully increase the company’s ability to deliver the value that differentiates it in the market. Examples are expanding the design department or installing new equipment to shorten turnaround times, etc.
In short, the weekly leadership meeting is a game changer if it’s run tightly, if it’s anchored by a KPI Flash Report and if it keeps tabs on strategic initiatives.
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