We all face deadly meetings all the time, but still we do little about it. Like most, we suffer in silence, waiting for the meeting to be over so we can get on with our “real work.” Instead of wasting all this time and energy, why not take control and make your meetings infrequent, short and useful.
From Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli
One mediocre meeting after another quietly corrodes our organization, and every day we allow it to happen. Culture change occurs when a transformational idea spreads to enough people. Like a virus that makes its way from person to person, spreading exponentially faster, so can the Modern Meeting. The status quo must go. Now. Before it’s too late.
1. Meet only to support a decision that has already been made.
2. Move fast. End on schedule.
3. Limit the number of attendees.
4. Reject the unprepared.
5. Produce committed action plans.
6. Refuse to be informational. Read the memo, it’s mandatory.
7. Work with brainstorms, not against them.
CUT THIS OUT AND BRING IT TO OUR NEXT MEETING.
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