How to Get Your Team to Follow Through After a Meeting


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Here are the questions to ask of yourself and your team:

  • Is each action item essential to completion of the project?
  • At the time we commit, do we fully intend to do whatever it takes to deliver?
  • Are we clear about what needs to be done, who will do it, and when it will be done?
  • Do we have the ability to say no or negotiate when we can’t fully commit?
  • Is it OK if someone follows up to check on our progress?
  • Do we have a system to keep track of action items and their completion?
  • Do we have an agreement to communicate if something comes up that might interfere with our completion of the task?

This problem-solving discussion will increase everyone’s level of awareness for making and keeping commitments as well as surface problems that keep them from doing so.

Getting to a higher level of completion on action items leads not only to exponential progress toward goals, but also to a tremendous sense of accomplishment — both personally and for the group.

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