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A Preamble as a Tool for More Effective Meetings


New year, new goals, new promises, etc. Sure, you can kick off the year by cancelling all recurring meetings, but instead of such a radical approach, why not try to make the ones you have better?


One of the most effective things you could probably do is add a mantra of sorts to kick-off these meetings in order to set their tone.


At Social Tables, we started each weekly exec meeting with athe following preamble, inspired by Patrick Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team book. It read:

Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to engage in open and constructive conflict. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal. They hold each team member accountable and ensure a high standard of performance.

The goal was to encourage debate, humility, and accountability. Feel free to steal it or, even better, come up with your own.

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