The author shows how managers in education can contribute to school improvement, and focus on the essential personal and practical management skills needed to instill a positive team culture.

Improving the Effectiveness of Team Meetings

Improving the effectiveness of team meetings

The Law of Triviality, briefly stated, means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.

(C. Northcote Parkinson, 1958)


Meetings are commonplace in schools. With meetings taking place so frequently we might expect them to be a source of satisfaction and accomplishment. Many are, of course. However, the opposite is often the case. This chapter sets out to help team leaders improve the effectiveness of the meetings they lead and, indeed, attend. It begins with the premiss that effective meetings are ones that achieve their objectives within a reasonable time. The chapter looks at several conditions and actions that help bring about successful meetings and ...

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