Chapter 8. Using clearing meetings to advance self-organization

This chapter covers

  • Using clearing meetings to advance team organization
  • Identifying and utilizing team goals
  • Structuring and examples of clearing meetings

Self-organization can be defined as the team working independently of you, the leader, when making decisions and moving forward in a productive manner.

This chapter discusses how to use clearing meetings to advance the team gradually toward the ability and skills necessary to solve their problems without you. I’ve found this technique useful with my own teams.

In the previous chapters, you learned about the learning phase. In this chapter, you’ll learn how to gradually move your team into self-organization while measuring your progress. To reiterate, self-organization is achieved when everyone on the team learns how to solve their own problems instead of relying on you to solve their problems for them. One crucial tool that I’ve found invaluable in driving the team toward a state of self-organization is clearing meetings.

I first learned about clearing meetings when one of my managers introduced the idea to our management team. He then implemented this as a standard weekly meeting for our team, and I’ve experienced this for more than two years with my own team as well as with other teams.

Clearing meetings can have several goals:

The meeting

What just happened

What is integrity again

Keeping the meeting on track

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