5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (2/5)
2. My boss doesn’t lead meetings effectively.
If your boss lacks the skills to effectively facilitate a meeting, you can step up to the plate. You might offer to prepare the agenda for your boss. Solicit topics from the group. Identify outcomes for each topic and get the agenda to people beforehand, if possible. You can also offer to run the meeting if you have the group’s respect and are willing to put in the effort to make it an effective meeting. If you’re not the right person, you can suggest someone else, explaining to your boss that just because they’re the most senior person in the room doesn’t mean they have to run the meeting.
One of the rights all participants have is to ask for whatever they need to participate effectively. Use this permission to help your boss be successful. For example, ask questions that help your boss be clear about what they’re expecting and help others contribute. You might say at the beginning of the meeting, “It’d be helpful to know what kind of input you’re looking for here and how we’ll know if you have what you need.”
Paul Axtell is an author, speaker, and corporate trainer. He is the author of two award-winning books: Meetings Matter and the recently released second edition of Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids. He has developed a training series, Being Remarkable, which is designed to be led by managers or HR specialists.