I hate meetings, and unless you’re a glutton for punishment you do too. Yet it seems like much of my professional life tends to drift towards…you guessed it, meetings! The problem with meetings is most meetings don’t work, and here’s why:
1. You can’t Work and Meet at the same Time
You can sit around and talk about work or you can work, but you can’t do both.
2. The Wrong People are in the Meeting
One of the most frustrating things in a meeting is having the wrong people in the room speaking into the right issues.
3. The Wrong Issues are being Addressed
It is a complete waste of resources to have high-powered problem solvers and decision makers in the room dealing with non-systemic remedial issues. Real leaders need real issues to face down that will really move the organization forward.
4. All Talk and no Action
Ever notice how you can walk out of some meetings feeling like you’ve actually had a “breakthrough” conversation only to circle around and be facing the same issue a couple of months later? That’s because there was no accountability to action out of the meeting.
5. The Meeting has become a Complete Free-for-All
When everybody comes with their own agenda for the meeting there is no agenda for the meeting.
What have you discovered that sets your meetings up for success?
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