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.
  • Listen.
  • 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.