August 22, 2013
A Quick Note About Making Meetings Shorter
Employees complain, managers moan, directors deplore, leaders lament, and the masses cry to heaven with a geschrei of anguish, anger, and angst as they all beg for merciful relief from the tedium and dread that is...a meeting. Yet we all spend hours and days and seeming lifetimes in these meaningless wastes of time that keep us from real work, sap our strength, and seldom achieve any stated purpose (assuming that a purpose was ever actually stated.)
This article from LinkedIn provides a rather profound truth about how to reduce the time (and number) of meetings. (And, even though I'm about to give you the gist of it all, read it and get the details.)
Meetings should not be about reviewing or learning or presenting or considering or any of a litany of other verbs which end in "ing" (Okay grammar geeks out there, what are those called? I've gone blank.)
Meetings should be for only one thing – to decide and commit.
Go ahead, start arguing – start defending the need for "keep-in-touch" meetings and "relationship" meetings and "all-hands" meetings and, while you're at it, keep drowning in meetings that don't need to happen.
Decide and commit. Then you've accomplished something real.