"The Law of Triviality ... means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to its importance." -- C Northcote Parkinson
The Leadership Development Assessment consists of seven sections -- for a total of 43 questions.
Meeting Preparation -- 3 questions
We view meetings as a cycle, only part of which is concerned with the meeting itself. One goes before and what comes after is just as important. Sometimes the meeting is botches due to what fails to happen before and did not occur after.
Actions Between Meetings -- 2 questions
It's amazing how often things fall apart because the things that are supposed to occur after a meeting don't.
Member Roles -- 5 questions
In psychology, a role is a predictable and repeatable set of behaviors. Meetings have a number of these roles that must be well played in the group is to do will.
Often, the right meeting roles are not played wellundefinedsometimes they are not played at all. A meeting has a number of major roles that have to be played wellundefinedand they cannot be all played the the meeting chair.
Information Handling -- 6 questions
Meetings can fall apart based on the way information is handled. It takes a great deal of skill to insure the right information is given, received and understood.
Meeting Process -- 12 questions
It's long been known that flawed process produces crummy results and wastes people's time. In a typical meeting, three processes run at the same time: a communication, problem solving and meeting process. The meeting process is the simplest, followed by problem solving and the communication process being the toughest to do well.
Problem Solving Process -- 10 questions
Many confuse problem solving and decision making. Decision making is a small subset of problem solving. This section specifically focuses on how well the group solves problems.
Meeting Environment -- 3 questions
Sometimes there are issues with the environment that produce disruptions. For example, how information is displayed, how a table is configured greatly impact communication patterns
Everyone complaints about meetings, but practically no one does anything about it.
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