Every Tuesday of the month we have our staff meetings after the students leave for the day. As a teacher I usually dreaded these because I knew that I was going to get very little value out of the meeting or it was going to be about something that could’ve been addressed through email. As a Principal I’ve tried to avoid the things I didn’t like as a teacher but the body language of the staff as they file in lets me know I still have room to grow. These three tips are helping me improve my staff meetings.
Leave them wanting more
This isn’t an easy thing to accomplish. Having only two or three things on the agenda makes this more attainable. With just a few items staff can anticipate leaving in a timely manner. You also have the opportunity to delve more deeply into a subject. When this happens and you have to end the discussion the staff will look forward to the next meeting. I’m always happy when a meeting I have to attend manages to end early. I know my staff appreciates it too.
The more the merrier
As the leader of the staff meeting it is important to set the agenda and begin the conversation. It is even more important to be a facilitator in the meeting. Usually you have a few people who always dominate the conversation. As the principal you must make sure to guide the discussion and ask good questions. Make sure to get input from your introverts as they often have great ideas.
The simple truth
Rarely is the truth simple and everyone’s truth is different. However, a meeting in which multiple perspectives are raised, and received knowing kind intent, is one worth having. These are the meetings we leave feeling purposeful and connected. Like a subtle spice in your favorite dish, meetings of this kind are rare. They’re often unexpected and hard to come by but these are the meetings in which the entire staff grows. I continue to work steadily to create a culture where staff meetings like this can happen.
Staff meetings are necessary and mandated by contracts. They don’t have to be boring or repetitive. Make meetings shorter than announced, include as many as you can in the conversation and be transparent and your staff will, if not look forward to, at least come with open minds.
How do you get the most out of your staff meetings. If you have some advice for us drop a sentence or two in the comments section.
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