from Madeleine de Hauke‘s TEDxAMS Talk;

Madeleine shares a way to turn meetings into meaningful events; “The ones I like to use are contained in the acronym COPE.

The C stands for Captain. Every ship needs a captain to get it safely to its destination on time and the same is true for meetings.

O stands for Outcome — if we don’t know where we’re going, we’re likely to get lost at sea so it’s very important to articulate the outcome you want from your meeting. If you’re the meeting organizer, write down the outcome you want in the invitation so your participants can see what to expect and what’s expected of them.

P stands for Process — like any destination, we need to know how we’re going to get there.

E stands for Equity or an equal opportunity to speak. It’s no good having a few people who do all the talking, while everybody else stays silent.

“I am a big believer of Lead like a Captain, but play like a Pirate. Next to clear rules we need people to be authentic, and to stand up for what they believe. Every organization should allow for some healthy rebellion” RizeClub founder Joost d’Hooghe. In line with Joost’s believe, Elon also encourages us to be piraty;

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. He once wrote an email to his staff showing them how important it is for him to have a great meeting culture in his organizations. He wrote: “Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it’s obvious you aren’t adding value. It’s not rude to leave; it’s rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”

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