Every hour of a meeting with eight people present represents an eight hour workday, the investment of a full “Man-Day”. Was value created or dissipated?
Meetings can be productive…but rarely are. Productivity requires:
- Tight agenda and leader who keeps the discussion FOCUSED
- Relevant materials distributed sufficiently prior to allow for review, basic questions and answers
- Proper preparation by participants (during a meeting is no time to absorb complex spreadsheets/documents)
- Take Home/Closure: What was decided, what was assigned to whom to complete by when for what goal?
- Follow Up: Did all those wonderful things actually happen? Did the Targeted Activity Actually Achieve the Desired Result?
“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’.” – Dave Barry, b.1947
“Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” – John Kenneth Galbraith, 1908-2006, Harvard Economist
“Too many meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better.” – Peter F. Drucker, 1909-2005, Business Guru
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier