I attend a lot of board meetings. Some are good, some aren't very good. But I love the fact that, if you have two different meetings that are productive and successful, they may not be anything alike. A group here at work came up with this meeting evaluation that gets at some of this, and I thought it was interesting to be so transparent about these points that usually people don't even articulate to themselves. What do you think, dear reader?
• The purpose of the meeting was clearly stated at the outset. (Y/N)
• The meeting's agenda was available to all attendees. (Y/N)
• The agenda was followed during the meeting. (Y/N)
• The meeting's objectives were met. (Y/N)
• My personal objectives were met. (Y/N)
• Everyone was encouraged to actively participate in the meeting. (Y/N)
• What part of the meeting was most valuable to you?
• Which part of the meeting was the least valuable for you?
• What recommendations do you have for conducting future meetings?
This kind of takes me back to my days teaching French. Every blue moon my boss used to come in and observe. When she did, she used an evaluation similar to this. For me, I hated the process but it did inspire me to improve things.