How Sherpany allows leaders to collaborate prior to formal meetings
Due to frequent travelling, Patrick Lardi had to carry a large volume of physical board documents in order to prepare for his leadership meetings.
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Sherpany increases individual productivity in meeting preparation by providing remote access to centralised meeting materials.
Business leaders travel a lot, spending less than half of their time at their company's headquarters1. This is also the case for Patrick Lardi who sits on the board of real estate businesses from the US, Australia, and Europe. Due to frequent travelling, he had to always carry around board documents in paper to prepare for his meetings. Having no digital access to required documents also makes it more difficult for leaders to collaborate with peers prior to meetings.
Soon he started using our meeting management software. According to Lardi, Sherpany allows for enhanced collaboration before the meeting even starts: he has 24/7 access to all documents from all his different roles and the possibility to discuss important agenda items with more precision. 'Sherpany was the first instrument to make me travel to a formal meeting without physical documents', he recalls. Let us now dive deeper into how collaboration leads to better meetings.
The importance of collaborative agenda-setting
Patrick Lardi knows that preparation is a decisive factor for a meeting to be successful. For every single topic on the agenda, he suggests clearly defining:
- the purpose (e.g. information sharing, discussion, decision)
- main responsibilities (who, what, and when)
- the exact timing of each item
On important matters, he interacts with the chairman and the management prior to the meeting. Sherpany DISCOURS® allows participants to comment on agenda items and to pre-discuss the topics. ‘It is important to prepare all decisions and to get a large support for the benefit of a prompt implementation’, says the Swiss businessman. Lardi sometimes even drafts a first version of the meeting minutes before the meeting starts. This helps him to plan ahead and anticipate the course of a meeting.
Sherpany is a collaborative instrument to shape the agenda, anticipate discussions, and have all necessary documents ready at hand.
Hence, Sherpany allows business leaders like Lardi to prepare meetings in a more agile way, one that is suited for today's reality. Having all information always available on his iPhone and iPad allows him to discuss agenda items. What is more, Sherpany reduces confusion regarding different versions of meeting documents, and last-minute changes. ‘Sherpany allows us to get the right documents to everybody simultaneously’, says Lardi.
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Good meeting minutes speed up the implementation of decisions
According to Patrick Lardi, Sherpany not only improved collaborative meeting preparation, but also the handling of meeting minutes. ‘Before, the minutes were often delivered just before the next meeting, which is not really helpful in ensuring prompt action’, says Lardi.
Today, however, the meeting minutes can be delivered almost instantaneously. Our feature Sherpany Minutes® allows meeting participants to review and comment on meeting minutes in an agile way, which avoids the typical time-consuming back and forth loops. Once the minutes are finalised, participants can approve them with one click. This saves valuable group time in meetings and, at the same time, allows for quicker implementation of the decisions.
In short, Sherpany helped Patrick Lardi improve the entire meeting process. Thanks to Sherpany, he was able to:
- increase his individual productivity during meeting preparation, which saves him up to four hours per meeting.
- collaborate in depth with other participants and anticipate discussions, which leads to better decisions.
- get the meeting minutes delivered much sooner, which speeds up the implementation of decisions.
According to Lardi, the C-suite and broader leadership teams would also greatly benefit from an agile meeting culture based on collaboration. ‘I have already introduced Sherpany for our management meetings, and this was one of the biggest changes in my day-to-day life’, says Lardi.
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About Patrick Lardi
Patrick Lardi is a board member of several real estate companies (ST Real Estate Holding, ST USA Real Estate, ST Australia Real Estate, Fidinam Australasia Real Estate). For the latter, he also has a mandate to explore new business opportunities on the African continent.
Lardi co-founded the Swiss news aggregator Newscron and has experience in the tourism sector. He holds an executive master in business administration of the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.
1 How CEOs Manage Time. Harvard Business Review.