Morning meetings: Benefits of the 5min catch-up

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Former KPMG accountant and founder of cloud accounting software firm Clearbooks Tim Fouracre brought a new slant to meeting discipline in his recent blog, Five minutes every morning that will transform your team’s communication.

Fouracre, who likes to “get on with things rather than talk about them”, suggested accountants could improve their effectiveness by holding a structured five minute meeting every morning.

“The stand-up meeting is just one tool used to aid communication. It’s the one that we use to get the team together,” Fouracre said.

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22nd Feb 2013 13:25

Diverse opinions

Given that different sorts of meetings have different objectives, I would hope that there would be different ways of running them, so there would then be different opinions on how they should be run.  I think people have their own idea of what a meeting is for, and then say that's how meetings should be, to the exclusion of other possibilities.  The answer will also be 'it depends'.  And we get out of meetings what we put in.

I would just wonder if a five-minute meeting would raise someone's blood pressure do they ever talk about work in their office at all?  Are they entirely silent?  I would hope we accountants can be better than that.  Lack of open communication is one thing that very often holds back development and improvement in offices, and in other environments.  Having to do everything in a one-to-one situation will take a while if trying to pick up and implement change in an office.

That said, my own experiences with kind of stick-in-the-mud situation has led me to keep myself to myself in the office.  If people are determined not to think broadly about things, and chew over possible changes, there isn't any point making them (especially as a non-manager), and there isn't any point getting frustrated with any lack of change.

And as another observation, accountants like to do team meetings with partners or managers in charge.  That is very top-down, and can inhibit people speaking freely about work quality or improvement to systems (I was in an office when we tried this once - only the partners spoke, and not all the partners were even there).  I had an idea once for an entirely voluntarily lunchtime meeting (and partner-free) for staff as a way of identifying areas of improvement.  Sadly I'm unlikely to ever be in a position to implement that in a workplace, although I will try to come up with something similar for some of my extracurricular groups.

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25th Feb 2013 11:41

5 minutes every day

...won't work in most businesses.

5 minutes once a week may.

Be careful though, not a lot can be achieved in a 5 minute meeting unless the agenda is followed to the letter i.e. no waffle, no debates.

This article is for the  'happy clappy' brigade though, get real, most businesses aren't like this and the chance of this taking on big time is a big fat ZERO.

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26th Feb 2013 11:18

5 minute meetings

We have two bosses. One a supportive, encouraging collaborative type, the other an out and out arse[***] kicker. Guess which one holds the 5 minute meetings and how it affects morale?

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to Chris Mann
07th Mar 2013 15:24

Using an alias

I don't recognise your name as an employee but you appear to work here!

The arse[***] kicker has been known to buy doughnuts and ice creams from time to time though!

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