Meetings are toxic. So is bleach. And, I hope, you wouldn’t stop cleaning your house.
Whenever a meeting is needed, you should make it as productive as possible
If you decide you absolutely must get together, try to make your meeting a productive one by sticking to this simple rules
* Set a timer. When it rings, meeting’s over. Period.DHH & Fried, Rework. “Meetings are toxic”.
* Invite as few people as possible.
* Always have a clear agenda.
* Begin with a specific problem.
* Meet at the site of the problem instead of a conference room. Point to real things and suggest real changes.
* End with a solution and make someone responsible for implementing it.
But take into account that a productive meeting is not the same for everyone involved.
In order for you to feel a meeting was a great success, which of the following should happen?
A. In a good meeting, a decision is made.
B. In a good meeting, various viewpoints are discussed and debated.
C. In a good meeting, a formal stamp is put on a decision that has been made before the meeting.
The large majority of Americans responding to this question chose option A. The French, however, largely chose option B. And most Chinese and Japanese selected option C.Erin Meyer, The Culture Map, “The big D, the small d”
What is the meeting for? Why are we meeting? Having in mind what are the expectations for the meeting will be a key step into making the meeting a productive one.