MVP: The most important meetings focus on growing people, and they should be scheduled at times that minimize distractions and maximize engagement.
We all have lots of meetings, but there should be one or two regular meetings that are essential to organizational success. Since better people = better organizational outcomes, meetings that are focused on developing people are critical.
In six days, the first episode of Quadrant2 comes out. The focus is on putting the structures in place that will help create leadership team meetings that are focused on growing teachers (ILT meetings in ed-jargon).
One of the biggest barriers to ILT meetings is interruptions. There are all kinds of “emergencies” that can pull people out of the meeting, as well as the distractions that push themselves into the meetings (email, texts, tik tok 🤣).
An ILT meeting without all members being fully attentive is a bad meeting.
One of the strategies we will look at is simply choosing the right time to schedule the meeting.
For school teams, reviewing their data on when there are the fewest discipline issues and parent calls is a good start to finding a time that is less likely to be interrupted.
What about your meetings? Are you choosing the most important one and scheduling it at a strategic time to limit distractions and catch people at their best?
BTW, Quadrant2 is my new bi-weekly micro-journal for school leaders. You can learn more here.