Meetings are a challenge to say the least. We need them (at least the right meetings) to do our work, but we do them so poorly that we mostly detest them! So often if feels like a no-win scenario. However, it doesn’t have to be this way at all.
I also came across this article, “What Everyone Needs to Know About Running Productive Meetings“, today on the Harvard Business Review website that has some good pointers for how to actually have interesting and productive meetings.
Some interesting points from the article:
1. First the question – “Are you addicted to meetings?” Great question!
2. Shorten the meeting times. Don’t default to an hour “just because” or because it’d the default setting on your Outlook
3. Create a focused agenda
4. Limit attendees to who absolutely needs to be there
5. Stay on track!
6. Manage the attendees – don’t allow one or two people to dominate
7. Set the right tone
8. Define next steps and responsibilities
Some good points here and several echo what Patrick Lencioni has written. Meetings are an important part of work. Doing meetings well is an important leader and manager skill and well worth you learning how to do them well!!