In my first association staff position, we started most days with an all-staff stand-up gathering. While enjoying coffee and catching up we quickly reviewed organizational priorities for the day and key information related to member inquiries. Individual staff members could also ask others for assistance, and we frequently did some rapid brainstorming on a topic that had been shared in advance. Starting each day in the presence of your colleagues really helps to create a team spirit, as well as launch the day on a productive note.
Stand-Up Meetings Move Mainstream
Increasingly I find colleagues talking about how they are using stand-up meetings in their organizations. Stand-ups are quick group gatherings that are so focused and generally so brief that you remain standing for the entire conversation.