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Why Action Meetings?

The evolution of Action Meetings

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What is different about Action Meetings?

The key difference is a shift from "Command and Control" to a "Systems Thinking" paradigm.

Action Meetings differs from the traditional meeting model in a number of ways.  The key differences are outlined in the table below and simply are the differences between the traditional meeting model, which is based on "command and control thinking" compared with the Action Meetings process, which is based on a "systems thinking" approach.

The Action Meetings Difference:

 
Elements of a MeetingTraditional Meeting Model
"Command & Control"
Action Meetings Process
"System Thinking"
Accountable ChairpersonParticipants
PurposeDiscussUnderstand, resolve, assign, act
Participants GroupTeam
Visibility With chairpersonWith everyone
ItemsAgenda - start pointsOutcomes - end points
Process and content Often mixedSeparated
PowerChairEveryone
DiscussionDebateResolution
FlowAd hoc, inconsistentConsistent
StructureLoose elementsDefined process
SpontaneityRepressed or divertsAllowed and managed
Off topicFrequently (depends on chair)Managed
Co-operationManagedIntrinsic to the process
DecisionsVoteAgree, consensus
Behaviour Managed by chairpersonManaged by facilitator and participants through the process

 

 

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