|Re: Meeting Time||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: TBrant1 (TBrant1aol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997 10:45:02 -0500|
In a message dated 97-06-06 22:25:31 EDT, you write: > I think it is > hurting the consensus process in that everyone feels the pressure of time so > issues are not being discussed thoroughly, and agenda items keep getting > deferred to "the next meeting," but then they are not on the agenda and > therefore lost. Obviously we are not paying attention to our growing pains. > Advice? Comments? Stories? As has been pointed out, there are some critical periods (some of which occur cyclically) where meetings run longer for key decision-making discussions. For on-going matters, may I suggest breaking out some committees to deal with routine decisions or brainstorming alternatives? Carry out the discussion in-committee, and bring a summary of the discussion and recomendations to a full meeting. Keep all committee meetings open to everyone, so that no one feels excluded from a discussion they are interested in. Even if some end up with more meeting hours, it will be because they voluntarily attended "extra" discussions about things they were vitally interested in, and more agenda items will see thorough airing. Make the committees standing or ad hoc, as suits your interpersonal style.
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