Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Charity managers have meeting to plan next meeting



Managers at the Tri-State Hospital Foundation will be having a meeting later this afternoon to discuss plans for the meeting they are having next week.

Foundation CEO Joan Snidely called for the meeting after the end of the last management meeting yesterday in which not much of anything was accomplished. After a lengthy discussions, the one hour meeting ended with no progress on any of the ten agenda items.

“I can’t understand how we have so many meetings all the time and yet nothing seems to get done. We talk and talk and yet we walk away with the same problems. It’s very strange,” said Snidely. “That’s why I decided that what we needed to do was to have a planning meeting before our regular manager’s meeting next week. That way, I’m sure we’ll be able to achieve our goals.”

Each meeting is constructed the same way. Agenda items are solicited from managers the day before, by Snidely’s assistant, Lucy. They are then triaged by Snidely and added to the agenda, which is distributed the morning before the meeting. A typical manager’s meeting starts with each manager sharing new information. Snidely, who chairs the meeting, is supposed to steer the rest of the discussion towards addressing each remaining agenda item. However, something usually goes terribly wrong with the agenda immediately after the meeting is called to order.

“Last meeting, I talked and talked and talked. And so did everybody else. I can’t remember what anyone said, but we all seemed to come to the same consensus that something was wrong with our meetings and we needed to do something about it,” said Snidely. “That, and the fact that the Hospital’s Director of Communications is a fruitcake. And that the CEO is going to be fired soon. And that there’s a sale on 12-pack toilet paper at Costco this week.”

“And we heard from Cathy about her trouble with her husband, Dan, who is having virility challenges. We also got on the topic of teenage children and their cell phone use, which I have a real problem with. I told them all about my daughter Clancy and her abuse of her cell phone and how she wanted a new iPhone, but that I said no because she wasn’t showing responsibility.”

“Lunch was just around the corner, so Mary shared with us her visit to the new bistro down the street over by the florists, which is run by the most charming Asian couple who really should be on our major gifts list, but aren’t because of the sloppy work of our database entry clerk Geraldine for which we should really get rid of her.”

“And after all that talking, we didn’t seem to get anything done. I can’t understand it,” said Snidely.

The new planning process will see agenda items solicited from manager’s the day before by Snidely’s assistant, Lucy. Then Snidely will triage them and add the top items to the agenda, which will be distributed before the meeting. The planning meeting will start with each manager sharing their ideas on how to make manager’s meetings more productive. Snidely, who chairs the meeting, will then steer the rest of the discussion towards addressing each remaining agenda item.

“I’m really confident that this time we have this thing all worked out. After this meeting, all future manager’s meetings will run as smooth as silk,” said Snidely.