Survey Your Meetings for Brainpower

 

Survey Meetings for Brainpower

Are your meetings brain draining, or brain powering? The idea is  to engage both sides of the brain, to increase innovation.

See innovative meetings e-handbook here for dozens of practical strategies that bring meetings alive where you work.

Respond either yes or no to each survey question and then check scores against brainpowered answers below:

1. Is boredom more a reality at your meeting than passion to engage agenda? Yes ___ No ___

2. Do your sessions inspire staff to transform problems into solutions? Yes ___ No ___

3. Would innovative or novel describe most topics in your meetings? Yes ___ No ___

4. Does anger, fear, or frustration fuel bullying at your meetings? Yes ___ No ___

5. Would venting be heard at your meetings much of the time? Yes ___ No ___

6. Do people try new approaches and learn skills often at your meetings?  Yes ___ No ___

7. Does music lift moods and increase productivity where you meet?  Yes ___ No ___

8. Do your managers and leaders talk more and engage or listen  less?  Yes ___ No ___

9. Does the old guard kill incentives and adhere to tired traditions? Yes ___ No ___

 

10. Is diversity lingo a poor solution for the lack of acceptance or equity?  Yes ___ No ___

11. Do fellow workers come to meetings eager and ready and pull together? Yes ___ No ___

12. Does professional development increase workplace skills at meetings? Yes ___ No ___

13. Do ruts or routines define most discussions with few chances for change? Yes ___ No ___

14. Are some at meetings celebrated more for their intelligence than others?  Yes ___ No ___

15. Do cynical mindsets block creativity, rob talent, or stomp out innovation? Yes ___ No ___

16. Would focus be a typical characteristic when new challenges arise? Yes ___ No ___

17. Would most consider themselves eager and smarter because of meetings? Yes ___ No ___

18. Does frequent encouragement lead to novel opportunities for growth? Yes ___ No ___

19. Are relationships tense or trust lacking as people don’t say what they mean? Yes ___ No ___

20. Do people integrate hard and soft skills to solve problems when they arise? Yes ___ No ___

21. Does stress appear often or  tone act more as silent killer than caring tool? Yes ___ No ___

22. Do workers often speak others names in thoughtful and generous ways? Yes ___ No ___

23. Do  leaders inspire creativity and invention through meeting interactions? Yes ___ No ___

24. Do most people discuss workplace problems with solutions in mind?  Yes ___ No ___

25. Are women and men’s brains valued intellectually in ways that optimize talents? Yes ___ No

 

How many of these brain related issues point to an innovative meeting?

Check your score below.

How many items point to toxic sessions where you meet? You may be surprised at the vast pool of brain based strategies that can transform meeting toxins into tonics for innovation in your meetings. Could it happen the next time you meet?

Innovative Meeting Survey Score

 

 

Curious about your survey for meeting’s innovation score?  If your meetings scored 20 correct responses it’s exceptionally well where you meet. Congratulations!

If, on the other hand, you scored under 20, why not toss one brain based solution into action monthly until innovative brainpower defines your meeting.

For a perfect innovative meeting score, you’d have answered Yes or No as follows:

1. Is boredom more a reality at your meeting than passion to engage agenda? No √

2. Do your sessions inspire staff to transform problems into solutions? Yes √

3. Would innovative or novel describe most topics in your meetings? Yes √

4. Does anger, fear, or frustration fuel bullying at your meetings? No √

5. Would venting be heard at your meetings much of the time? No √

6. Do people try new approaches and learn skills often at your meetings?  Yes √

7. Does music lift moods and increase productivity where you meet?  Yes √

8. Do your managers and leaders talk more and engage or listen less?   No √

9. Does the old guard kill incentives  and adhere to tired traditions?  No √

10. Is diversity lingo a poor solution for the lack of acceptance or equity?   No √

 

11. Do fellow workers come to meetings eager and ready and pull together? Yes √

12. Does professional development increase workplace skills at meetings? Yes √

 

13. Do ruts or routines define most discussions with few chances for change? No √

 

14. Are some at meetings celebrated more for their intelligence than others?  No √

 

15. Do cynical mindsets block creativity, rob talent, or stomp out innovation? No √

 

16. Would focus be a typical characteristic when new challenges arise? Yes √

 

17. Would most consider themselves eager and smarter because of meetings? Yes √

 

18. Does frequent encouragement lead to novel opportunities for growth?  Yes √

 

19. Are relationships tense or trust lacking as people don’t say what they mean?  No √

 

20. Do people integrate hard and soft skills to solve problems when they arise? Yes √

 

21. Does stress appear often or  tone act more as silent killer than caring tool? No √

 

22. Do workers often speak others name in thoughtful and generous ways? Yes √

23. Do  leaders inspire creativity and invention through meeting interactions? Yes √

24. Do most people discuss workplace problems with solutions in mind?  Yes √

 

25. Are women and men’s brains valued intellectually in ways that optimize talents? Yes √

Each survey issue impacts whether your meetings are monotonous or momentous. Make meetings into beacons of innovation that advance your organization into a new era for a finer future.

4 Comments

  1. Ellen, it looks as if you have experienced all kinds of meetings and have helped bring our attention to what makes a meeting productive for all who attend. After all, we should get people’s brainpower running at full tilt during a meeting rather than curtailing it. Thanks for this excellent survey.

  2. eweber says:

    Thanks Robyn, and also thanks for all you contribute to meetings in the very ways you addressed here. Have you noticed that people still speak and present more than stir curiosity and engage insights from many at meetings.

    Sessions could be seats of renewal with a few brain based strategies put into place to help it happen. What would it take to transform corporate meetings into thoughtful exchanges of innovative ideas – as you see it?

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