For some time I was a member of the governing Council of a UK professional body. We had regular meetings about the forward direction and strategy for the organisation, which at its peak had abut 25,000 members. We Council members talked, pontificated, debated important issues. As ever, on such bodies, everybody thought they should make some contribution to the debate or discussion, whether they had something relevant and important to say or not. The discussions went on for quite a while until the chairman remembered his role and brought discussion to an end.
The executive officer, who was the paid professional who would be responsible for implementing whatever was decided by the Council, then often had to utter the words, “So what do I do on Monday morning?” reminding Council members that grand strategy has to be translated into tactical steps and detailed action plans.
It is a sentence I have never forgotten. Try asking it after your next management meeting. Do you have a new target, a new responsibility, a new project? If, as a result of the meeting, there is nothing different for you to do on Monday morning, what was the point of the meeting?
Similarly, if you have a meeting with your staff, make sure they know what they have to do on Monday morning as a result of the meeting.