In many ways, teams, or at least effective teams, come together to make decisions. Meetings are primarily a forum to make decisions. We may cloak it in different terms such as solving a problem, developing a plan or choosing a vendor but, in the end, these actions are all decisions that need to be made and most of them are made in a meeting. In fact, we say that unless you have to make a decision, there is really no reason to meet. A meeting gives team members an opportunity to ensure that:

•  All members have a chance to participate in the process.

•  Everyone understands all sides of the issue.

•  The decision is consistent with the team’s purpose and with the overarching goals of the organization.

•  All members support ...

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