Meeting Magic: How to Run Successful Staff Meetings

Debbie D. Barton, DVM, MA

During 31 years in private practice, I have witnessed staff meetings characterized by dynamic dialog as well as those veiled in silence. I have shared in employee celebrations and been asked to address the causes of financial hardship. I have seen tears of joy and tears of sadness. Along with coworkers, I have been asked to embrace and implement change. In my own practice, I struggled to create a culture of collaboration.

A successful staff meeting offers opportunities to present new information, announce changes in policies and procedures, introduce new team members, and develop strong interpersonal bonds. It takes an investment of dollars and energy to identify strategies to share information and build community: agenda-setting, scheduling, meeting minutes, committee and task force formation, mandatory attendance, and even food choices are among issues to be worked out.

Here are some suggestions to ensure your team’s staff meetings are worth the investment.

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