Ground rules are essential for successful team meetings. They indicate what is acceptable team behavior and allow the facilitator to keep things focused and on track.
Ask for ground-rule input from team members and keep them flexible, altering them as needed. Some suggested ground rules include:
- One person speaks at a time; everyone has a turn to speak.
- No side conversations.
- Stick to the subject under discussion.
- Be on time.
- Everyone’s input is valued.
- The owner has final say — it’s his farm.
All discussions and information are confidential and not shared outside the team meeting unless otherwise directed.