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Effective Executive Meetings

Updated: Oct 5

The Social Tables Conference Room


At Social Tables, our executive meetings take place on Thursdays at 6pm (we just moved them to 4pm). We picked Thursdays because it’s the end of the week, we’re in our groove, and we can reflect on our successes and challenges. Experts agree.


Here is our standing agenda:

  1. A reading of our preamble, mission statement, and vision statement to get us started and remind us why we do what we do.

  2. Departmental updates where every executive reports on key metrics and shares important updates. This part takes the longest since we dive into the numbers and issues to fully understand them. We use Asana to manage any follow-up action.

  3. New business that is crowdsourced from the group.

Here is the preamble we recite at the start:

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.

This preamble is an important part of our meetings. It reminds us that we’re a team that’s focused on performance and built on a foundation of trust, where each team member is open and vulnerable.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team


I composed the preamble from several different nuggets of wisdom in the book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, which I highly recommend to anyone trying to build a high-performance team.


If you have any tips for running effective meetings, I’d love to hear them.

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