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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

How to Establish Decision-Making Criteria with a Group

Beatrice Briggs - 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 meeting.

How to Run a Strategic Pivot Meeting

Elise Keith - Purpose:To decide on a new strategy your organization can use to survive and thriveExpected Outcomes:A shared understanding of what changed and what the new strategy needs to accomplishInsights into leading indicators that inform your new strategyA new list of strategic priorities and a near-term action planIdeas... [ more ]

Lucid Blog Posts

Elise Keith (2020). How is your organization going to survive and thrive in the emerging economy? That's the question on everyone's mind right now. Later when we look back, it will seem so clear. Our grandchildren will shake their heads and say: "If I was alive back then, I totally would have...." And then the smug little darlings fill in the blank with whatever proves to be so very obvious in hindsight. Whatever that is, it's not so obvious now. All we have are clues. Historic events that share some of the same patterns. Bits and pieces of evidence that, if we could just summon enough inner Sherlock, we could see a perfectly correct, elementary solution. We have a fogged-over, dirty window of opportunity. We can't see what's on the other side of this window, and we're racing towards the future at full speed. We have no choice but to move forward into this uncertainty. We can't wait for the answers, because if we do, we'll miss the opportunity to be a part of creating those answers.

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.

Glossary of Meeting Terms

General Term

What value do your meetings create? When you improve the productivity of your meetings, you ensure your team can answer that question. You can capture that value by asking for their BLUF: Bottom Line Up Front. A BLUF...