The Field Guide to Leading Teams

22/26Meetings are awful. Meetings are great.

You’d be hard pressed to find a person that says, “I would love to have more meetings on my calendar each week. You know, I wish I had meetings all the time.” Modern meetings are frequently dry stand-ins for getting things done. Dozens of faces staring into the abyss while someone reads a PDF. Yuck.

But, all meaningful human progress comes from collaboration. People like seeing other people. People don’t hate meetings necessarily, they just hate having their time wasted. Set team standards for meeting necessity and scheduling to mitigate the anti-meeting sentiment.

Keep meetings as short as reasonable. Set an agenda. Have a stated outcome. And when the point has been made bring the meeting to a close so everyone can get back to doing.

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