…and I’m sticking to it.
This one is simple: Publish an agenda for every meeting and follow your agenda every time. Even if you include a portion in the agenda for open discussion/final thoughts/last nuggets, have an agenda!
You’ll think you don’t need an agenda because everyone knows the order of your meetings.
You’ll think you don’t need an agenda because you know how to control a meeting.
You do know your order and you can control a meeting, but you’ll get observably better results when you have an agenda.
Have an agenda. Publish it. Stick to it. You’ll thank me later.