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Nigel Risner shares the 10 Commandments of great meetings:

Law #1: You shall always declare the purpose of the meeting before it happens. The most important work of the meeting happens before the meeting. Confusion about purpose is always the result of poor leadership.

Law #2: All participants shall understand and agree that the requirements of law #1 have been fully met. Declaring the purpose of a meeting doesn’t mean everyone understands or agrees.

Law #3: You shall meet to make decision, never to discuss.

Law #4: Everyone around the table shall have a stake in the pie.

Law #5: The people closest to the work shall talk the most.

Law #6: The most powerful person in the room shall talk the least.

Law #7: You shall engage in lively debate. When law #6 is violated, law #7 won’t happen.

Law #8: The leader of the meeting shall keep everyone focused and engaged.

Law #9: You shall silence big mouths and engage quiet participants, even if it hurts someone’s feelings.

Law #10: You shall assign tasks to everyone in the room. The person who leaves the room without something to do shouldn’t have attended in the first place.


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