Category: Catalyst Meetings
You can find an introduction to the Catalyst Meetings in Chapter 22 of Where the Action Is.
Catalyst meetings are scheduled as needed, and include the people the organizers feel to be best suited for achieving the meeting goals. That could be an established team, like it is with product Planning or marketing Planning meetings, or the group could be a surprise, like it is with a community outreach Workshop.
Meeting Agenda Templates and Guides
|Beatrice Briggs - Description of the Template and Guide This meeting agenda template helps teams clarify the scope of an upcoming decision, the information they'll need to gather about each option they consider, and the criteria they'll use to evaluate these option. Use this template as a guide to help you prepare for and lead this... [ more ]|
Lucid Blog Posts
Elise Keith (2020). On April 1, 2020, we hosted a webinar with principals at the Mission Critical Teams Institute. We explored the communication practices business teams can learn from mission critical teams (firefighters, military, medical, and others who handle emergencies for a living) as we all work to adapt in times of rapid change.
Elise Keith (2019). In the past three articles, we looked at Meeting Flow Models in detail. Today, we're going to zoom out a bit and look at how those Meeting Flow Models work as part of a larger MOS. Next–you guessed it–we'll zoom out even further to look at the overall Communication Architecture.
Elise Keith (2019). It doesn't matter what kind of team you work on or what you're trying to do - if you can't get that team to all agree and do their part, you fail. We're coming up on our 10th anniversary here at Lucid, and over all those years, we've done our fair share of failing. One of our more painful failures came about through a failure to effectively communicate. This model is used to support our teams as they work; it is not meant to force anyone into a following a rigid process. While some simple business processes can and should use prescriptive MFMs, complex multi-stakeholder learning projects like this one should be guided rather than constrained.
Elise Keith (2019). Starting with an existing MFM is obviously easier and faster, so if you can find one that's designed to achieve the same kind of goals you're trying to achieve, use it as a starting place. That said, even if you start with a fully baked MFM, you'll probably want to adapt it for your team. Here's an overview of how we get to that point.
Elise Keith (2019). Here at Lucid, we call the design of a series of meetings related to a specific business process Meeting Flow Modeling. Meeting Flow Models provide a central pillar around which you can design a process's larger Communication Architecture.
Elise Keith (2019). At Lucid Meetings, our mission is to make it easy for teams to run successful meetings every day. Teaching teams the skills they need to run successful meetings seems like an obvious way for us to fulfill this mission, which is why we've now opened our first courses to students. We opened Meeting School now because, after over a decade of research and work with high-performing organizations, we know what works.