A company’s leadership teams need a weekly meeting structure to update each other and stay on the same page. ‘Weekly Action Review,’ or a WAR meeting is a weekly ninety minute meeting that each department holds for their entire team. The format is based on a process called ‘Forum Meetings’ used by Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
For the first thirty minutes of WAR, each person give a quick three to five minute update that answers these questions:
► What went well last week?
► What didn’t go well last week?
► Where am I stuck?
► What are the TOP three things to work on this week?
Having each person follow this system keeps each team aligned with what their working on.
The second thirty minutes is when the team reviews the metrics on the dashboard for that business area, looking for areas of concern as well as bright spots. By reviewing the key numbers for their business area every week, people start holding each other accountable, and realizing their key metrics roll up to the leadership team, so they must figure out the answers before they are asked.
During the final thirty minutes the group tries to “un-stick” some of the areas that team members were stuck on earlier. The group works together to share experiences and ideas to help out their teammates. This simple sharing process is really impactful in building a team versus allowing the creation of silos, which prevent unification.
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