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Making the Team: A Guide for Managers by Leigh L. Thompson

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The 4P Meeting Management Model

The 4P model is a method for designing and implementing effective meetings (Whetton & Cameron, 1991). It has four key steps (see Table A1-1): (1) specify the purpose of the meeting, (2) invite the right people, (3) carefully plan the meeting content and format, and (4) effectively manage the meeting's process.

Skilled meeting managers do not just sit at the head of the table and call upon people to speak in a round-robin fashion. Nor do they run a “talk show” by simply airing ideas, conflicts, and concerns. Skilled meeting managers do not write down everything that is said; rather, they call out and punctuate key themes. Skilled meeting managers do not verbally paraphrase members' ideas; rather, they record them ...

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