Positive & Productive Meetings

by Helen Sanderson and Jean Balfour with Barney Cunningham and Amanda George
Illustrations by Marc Archambault

Positive and Productive Meetings (PPM) is a set of strategies initially developed by consultants in England attempting to steal back their own time and energy as well as that of the people they worked with everyday. Over time very simple, yet effective principles became clear. If teams want to work together positively and productively, they must:

  • Have a clear purpose and clear outcomes for each meeting;
  • Create a process and environment where people can be listened to and think for themselves, and;
  • Work to people’s strengths and share responsibility for different roles in the meeting.

Positive and Productive Meetings