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 Meeting||Traditional Meeting Model|
"Command & Control"
|Action Meetings Process|
|Purpose||Discuss||Understand, resolve, assign, act|
|Visibility ||With chairperson||With everyone|
|Items||Agenda - start points||Outcomes - end points|
|Process and content ||Often mixed||Separated|
|Flow||Ad hoc, inconsistent||Consistent|
|Structure||Loose elements||Defined process|
|Spontaneity||Repressed or diverts||Allowed and managed|
|Off topic||Frequently (depends on chair)||Managed|
|Co-operation||Managed||Intrinsic to the process|
|Behaviour ||Managed by chairperson||Managed by facilitator and participants through the process|