MVP: Legitimate power comes with the position.
To be a leader is to wield power.
Don’t let it go to your head! 😉
Seriously, if leadership is influence (quoting John Maxwell), using power is the way we influence people.
However, all forms of power are not created equally.
We will begin this week’s exploration of power with the “default” form we generally think about – legitimate power.
Legitimate power is power that comes with a position. It is hierarchical, meaning it is wielded by someone who has formal authority over another.
Principals to teachers, teachers to students, CEOs to everyone else, each of these examples refers to someone “above” someone else.
We follow leaders with legitimate authority because it is part of the bargain we accept when we join an organization.
Legitimate power is handy as it gets you in the door, but if we only ever rely on legitimate power, we are limiting ourselves.
Legitimate power achieves compliance, but not much more.
Today’s intention: Think about all the bosses you’ve had. Were there any you worked extra hard for? If so, what was the difference between them and other more average leaders?
MVP: Do a rough calculation of the cost of the meeting.
Tip #5: Do a rough calculation of the cost of the meeting by estimating an hourly wage equivalent for each attendee, adding them all together, and then multiplying that sum by the number of hours the meeting lasts.
In my higher ed role, I did it this way:
I have sat in 1-hour department meetings that cost over $1,000 dollars in which no meaningful decisions were made.
This truly transformed the way I viewed meetings. Everything we do costs something. Money, but also time and attention. In good times you can find more money, but you cannot increase time and attention without burning people out.
This week’s emails were inspired by my conversation with Michele Mattoon. Michele kindly offered to share a wonderful meeting template to instantly help you improve your meetings. You can email her at email@example.com. Michele is awesome. Let her know you listened to the show or read about her hereand ask for the template.
Today’s intention: Calculate your own hourly salary. Of course, it isn’t 100% accurate, but it will give you an indication of value. How much money was spent on having you sit in meetings this week? Did you invest as much time helping to support and grow people this week compared to the amount of time you spent in meetings?
MVP: Put FYIs at the bottom and do not read or spend time on them.
Remember, we will be doing a follow-up episode focused on handling the people who wreck meetings. If you have a horror story or scenario you’d like to cover, please send it to me.
Tip #4: Put FYIs at the bottom and do not read or spend time on them.
Spending time on informational items that people could read undermines the importance of your meeting!
One of my challenges with this was worrying about the people who wouldn’t read or attend to the FYIs. However, having people not follow through on things is a different issue and it isn’t the responsibility of a meeting time to get people to attend to things.
Today’s intention: Are there others in your organization who could learn from this week’s messages? Consider sending the link to the podcast episode (https://www.frederickbuskey.com/appodcast.html) and encouraging them to listen.
MVP: For each action item resulting from the meeting, identify who is responsible, what the exact outcome should be, and when it is due.
In yesterday’s episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast, Michele Mattoon and I unpacked how to have a better meeting. Among the suggestions…
Tip #3: For each action item resulting from the meeting, identify who is responsible, what the exact outcome should be, and when it is due.
This makes the outcomes clear and helps hold people accountable. The meeting leader should also check in with anyone who has an action item ahead of the deadline for completion.
We will be doing a follow-up episode focused on handling the people who wreck meetings. If you have a horror story or scenario you’d like to cover, please send it to me.
Today’s intention: Again, just keep thinking about your meetings and how these tips apply. If you’ve had any epiphanies or thoughts about your own meetings, feel free to share with me by replying to this email!
MVP: Allot time to each item in a meeting and use a timer to signal the end.
This morning’s episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast is now live! You can find it here if you aren’t already a subscriber. Michele Mattoon and I share experiences and suggestions on how to run a better meeting. Michele trains people all over the country and has loads of expertise. Again, you don’t need to be assistant principal, or even in education to get a lot out of this episode.
Tip #2: Allot time to each item in a meeting and use a timer to signal the end.
Along with this, put the most important item first!
Setting a time limit for discussion helps keep people focused. A timer that sounds has a more powerful effect than your voice on ending discussion.
If the group absolutely needs more time, there are a couple ways to handle it. Listen to the show to get them 😉.
Today’s intention: Continue thinking about your meetings and how these tips apply.
PS: We will be doing a follow-up episode focused on handling the people who wreck meetings. If you have a horror story or scenario you’d like us to cover, please send it to me.