At Pace, we began an intentional journey of change at the start of 2019 with our theme to Adapt and Evolve. This year, our theme is about Managing Change Successfully. Coincidentally during COVID-19, we find ourselves in a world faced with greater change than we ever imagined, on a grander scale than we have experienced across generations. For many, it is a time to refocus on core essentials and strip away the excess. To hit a reset button on productivity and processes. We ask ourselves, “How do we embrace change, manage it successfully, and emerge from this pandemic more streamlined and productive than before?”
As was introduced in our last blog post, our teams at Pace plan to tinker away at this question across departments and warehouses, reporting back to you with our triumphs and lessons learned. We start with the concept of how to work smarter, not harder. One cross-departmental team at Pace put together a Best Practices Guide for Effective Meetings. The first step in this guide is to answer the question, “Do I really need a meeting anyway?”
Several of our teams are internalizing this process, looking for opportunities to spend more time completing the task list and less time planning how to do so. While we place a high value on collaboration and teamwork, we also value efficiency, autonomy, trust, and momentum. We hire smart, talented, capable people, and we believe in letting them do their work!
At Pace, we follow the business processes recommended by Entrepreneurial Operating System, or EOS. By conducting weekly team meetings held to a strict agenda template along with combined leadership and quarterly planning meetings, we feel confidence that we are already on the right track. However, haven’t we all been part of meetings where we find ourselves multitasking and thinking about all that is left on our to-do list? Now’s the time to trim back. Let’s try out this guide, consider if a meeting is required to move forward, and see where cutting back on the meetings in 2020 takes us!