Running Effective Meetings

  • Ellen Mohr Catalano


It is critical that leaders know how to run a meeting that includes clear expectations, and good attendee input and engagement. Many types of meetings exist, generally defined by their purpose. An emergency meeting differs from a status report meeting, for example. In the former, discussion is kept to a minimum because time is short and the topic is urgent. Leaders and managers should consider eliminating unnecessary meetings that consist of routine report-outs, which may be considered irrelevant by attendees. Instead, set meeting agendas that cover critical topics that require intra- or inter-team collaboration. The intention is to make meetings efficient and value-adding to people’s work.


Agenda Timeliness Participation Types of meetings: Emergency, Status reports, Inspirational, Team building, Problem solving Engagement Non-engagement Norms Summarizing Conflict management Parking lot Scribe duties Multiple hats 



Thanks go to Mary Preston, MD, Retired Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Virginia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Mohr Catalano
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  1. 1.The Catalano Company LLCCharlottesvilleUSA

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