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Management Meeting Process for Startup & Scaling Companies

This is far from the most exciting of business-building topics, but one that I was asked about (again) recently and that has an impact on those who have to sometimes suffer from attending! Hopefully, the following will help as a starting point for your management and other meetings.


  • Meeting Frequency: Determine the frequency of management meetings, considering the pace of the business and the need for updates.

  • Agenda Creation: The meeting organiser should solicit input from team members to create an agenda that focuses on critical topics, pressing issues, and key updates.

  • Time Allocation: Allocate specific time slots for each agenda item to ensure a well-structured meeting.

  • Task Allocation: Sometimes it can be helpful for different attendees to have roles. E.g., one person can run the agenda, another keep time, another takes notes etc.

Invitations and Reminders:

  • Send out meeting invitations well in advance, including the agenda and relevant documents.

  • Schedule reminders to ensure participants are prepared and have enough time to gather necessary information.

Meeting Conduct:

  • Start and End on Time: The meeting organiser should strictly adhere to the scheduled start and end times to respect participants' time.

  • Ground Rules: Set ground rules to promote effective communication, such as allowing each participant to speak uninterrupted and encouraging open discussions. These rules need to be delivered verbally at the start of the meetings and in writing when setting up.

  • Focus on Objectives: Ensure the meeting stays on track and that discussions are aligned with the meeting's purpose. Tell attendees that you will interrupt them if they deviate from the agenda.


  • Essential Participants: Limit the meeting to only essential team members directly involved in the topics being discussed.

  • Rotation: Consider rotating attendees to ensure different perspectives and reduce the burden on any single individual.

Reporting and Updates:

  • Standardised Reports: Request standardised updates from each department or team, highlighting key achievements, challenges, and resource requirements.

  • KPI Tracking: Regularly review key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess the company's progress toward its goals.

Decision-making Process:

  • Clearly Defined Roles: Ensure that decision-making roles are clearly defined, avoiding unnecessary delays in getting approvals.

  • Data-Driven Decisions: Base decisions on data and analysis rather than personal opinions.

Action Items and Follow-up:

  • Assign Responsibilities: Clearly assign action items to specific individuals, including deadlines for completion.

  • Follow-up: Track progress on action items during subsequent meetings to ensure accountability.

Technology Utilisation:

  • Meeting Tools: Utilise efficient meeting tools (e.g., video conferencing, collaborative platforms) to accommodate remote team members.

  • Document Sharing: Share meeting minutes and relevant documents using a centralised platform accessible to all participants.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Feedback: Regularly seek feedback from participants on the effectiveness of meetings and make necessary adjustments.

  • Learn from Successes and Failures: Analyse past meetings to identify successful practices and areas that need improvement.

Reviewing the Process:

Periodic Review: Evaluate the effectiveness of the management meeting process regularly and adjust as the business evolves.

By implementing this management meeting process, your company can ensure efficient use of resources and time, foster better communication among team members, and make well-informed decisions to drive the business forward.

Happy meeting building!

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