Yeah. I’m posting a commercial. It works.
It works, unfortunately, because we’ve all been there. Some of us are there right now.
“Ah! You see this bulk? This bulk is great. Mmmmm. Look at it go.”
If you’re responsible for other people you have a sacred duty to not waste their time. You have an obligation and a trust to make sure that anything you require from them, that pulls them away from their mission, has value.
If you’re thinking about having a meeting, please ask yourself the following questions:
1. What do we want the participants of this meeting to come away with?
2. What’s the most efficient manner in which to do that?
If you can’t answer the first, or the answer is convoluted, then wait to have a meeting until the answer is clear. If you’ve answered the second question, but that’s not what your plan is – change your plan.
Lastly, if you know the answer to number one, and you don’t know the answer to number two, seek outside help and ask members of the team. Involvement breeds commitment – the bored members of your team that are eye-rolling their way through meeting hell will jump at the opportunity to become part of the solution.
If you’re a manager, by all means, keep doing as you did before. You’re not reading this anyway.
If you’re a leader, you understand and respect people and you want to protect them. There is no greater evil than wasted time – start by doing everything in your power to kill it.