In this world of polarized politics, I have been trying to listen to different news stations in order to hear both sides of the story. What I have been struck by is that not only is the point of view different (as expected), but notably, the particular news stories covered by the stations on the right and the left are different, as well. This has made me think about how important it is to control, or at least more consciously manage, the agenda for our important company and staff meetings. Here are some thoughts about how to do that.
Start by ensuring that you have a regular schedule of meetings set up early in the year. You may want to schedule one company-wide or division-wide meeting this year. If so, get this on the calendar now, and set up a team to orchestrate the meeting. Next, schedule your own staff meetings for the rest of the year or at least for the first half of 2018. Beyond that, you may want to schedule one-on-one meetings or teleconferences with your direct reports, which may be weekly or biweekly depending on your preferences and your span of control.