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The Productivity Secret of a Daily Huddle

Yesterday I was talking to one of my clients about the value of holding a daily 'huddle'.

By this I mean a very short, process driven, daily meeting.

Do you do these in your business?

A huddle, in my world, is:
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  • a meeting that is less than 5 minutes in duration.
  • based on an agenda of yes / no questions.
  • held near to the start of the working day (or shift).
  • used to keep crises at bay.
  • a great way to remove obstacles for your team.
  • a brilliant tool to increase the productivity of your team by bring focus and teamwork to the fore.
The great news is that if you haven't taken advantage of daily huddles yet is that they are straightforward to implement for your own business:
  1. Review your business processes for the team you want a huddle for.
  2. Identify key points in the process.
  3. Define a closed question for each key point.
  4. Capture the questions as your agenda.
  5. Agree on a daily time / place to hold your huddle.
  6. Do it!
The whole creation process took around 5 minutes with my client yesterday and they are instantly feeling the benefits of having this very short meeting.

I hope that you find this approach to be useful too.

If you want some ideas on creating your own huddle, or about developing effective business routines, then check out my book Sunrise Meetings.


Giles




About the author
Giles Johnston is a Chartered Engineer who specialises in helping businesses to grow and improve through better business processes.
Giles is also the author of Business Process Re-Engineering and creator of the 'Making It Happen' continuous improvement toolkit.