THE KICK-OFFMEETING

GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

For some teams, the first meeting of a new team is the kickoff meeting. However, I believe that a kick-off meeting is a specific event or activity that has some really specific components.

The purpose of an effective team kick-off meeting is to:

•  Clarify management’s expectations of the team, including any limitations or items that are not negotiable.

•  Present the overarching goal or purpose of the team, including any due dates or deliverables that are not subject to change.

•  Identify the roles played by the members of the team in a general way.

•  Respond to the concerns and questions members have about the team and their role such as:

–  I am already on three other teams. How important ...

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