The Moving Parts of the Staff Meeting

The staff meeting:

The secret to a growing company is ‘intellectual capital’. Seeking out, hiring and retaining the best in breed. These are your employees.  One person can come up with an innovative idea, patent it on your behalf and game on – let the salad days begin for your company.

If you don’t have a written and distributed agenda for the attendees, don’t have a meeting. If no action items come out of a meeting, you have wasted an hour (or more) of your valuable workday. Staff meetings are a wonderful and neutral environment to discuss items of mutual benefit for the attendees.

Finding the optimal work equilibrium for the employee is found in the 6 T model. Time, Training, Talent, Task, Tools and Technology. Think of the 6 T’s as a hexagon, each of the 6 sides proportional. If proportional the employee is most likely a key contributor to the company’s success. If one, or more, of the 6 T’s is either missing or excessive, the shape of the hexagon gets skewed.

This provides ‘a great disturbance in the Force.’

This is not a problem but merely an opportunity to expose gaps. Once identified, management should create a plan to provide solutions to these same gaps and bring the employees’ skills into equilibrium. It will also reduce the anxiety an employee might feel, particularly for those who want to out-perform, yet feel they are missing key criteria to succeed. Finding people, giving them an environment to thrive, the right tools to succeed and appropriate motivation and rewards. Studies have shown everyone has a different and unique reward system. Be it trophies or dinners or public recognition or time off or monetary gain. The list is beyond the scope of this article but it is long and varied.  Don’t forget, everybody needs a personal win now and then.

Always set aside some time for greenfield brainstorming. An open and hopefully energetic session to introduce new ideas and maybe even new problems. Don’t forget, in the sales world a problem is in truth an opportunity. Remember, a wonderful nugget can be gleaned from the unlikeliest of sources, or a simple comment can inspire others to add more. This is compound interest at its finest. A common ground where title and position on the organizational chart must have no importance. For managers, the art of listening, and not talking, is an acquired and vital skill. Some of the best speeches in the history of mankind were cleverly interrupted by the speaker with planned periods of silence. Your receptionists for example, are probably the most customer facing individuals in your employ.  They have the best seat in the house to observe positive and negative words and expressions of your customers. They have the unique position to make and take immediate action to quell any discontent, or hopefully broadcast good news.

A happy customer tells 2 to 3 people of their experience. An unhappy customer tells 10 people. Let the ideas continue. 

Fall is the perfect time for your next important meeting!


Summer has come to an end, Fall is here and The Rostie Group is looking forward to providing you with all your office meeting needs.

It’s time to switch from shorts to sweaters, from mojitos to hot cocoa. It’s also time to capitalize on Toronto’s number one destination for premium meeting space.

Looking to book a board meeting? Hosting a conference for a large group? Teach or attend an out of town class from the comfort of your own city? Perhaps you’re looking to find the right candidate by holding interviews?

Whether you’re one person or a group of one hundred, The Rostie Group will ensure that your event goes flawlessly. From home business to big business and everything in between, we provide the perfect venue and leading staff accommodations to fulfill your needs.

Our team members are professionals— hosting meetings is what we do, and we do it well. No matter what type of event you have planned, chances are we’ve done it before and done it successfully.

The Rostie Group provides a wide range of flexible meeting room spaces that cater to any size of function. With 26 years of hosting meetings under our belt, we know what our clients need to have a successful meeting and we’ve seen enough down the line to be sure that we’re able to handle any and all requests.

All the meetings we host are infinitely customizable— we have rooms available 24/7, an easy-to-use online booking system and we accommodate any and all room configurations. Also offered are state-of-the-art videoconferencing solutions and extensive catering options.

Located at 20 Bay Street, Waterpark Place, Toronto on the 11th Floor we have direct access to the PATH, Union Station and are in the heart of Toronto’s booming South Core; right on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Whether it’s a last minute engagement or a booking  well in advance, meetings can be planned accordingly as we offer hourly, daily and weekly requests.

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