Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni
I just finishedby Patrick Lencioni who advocates not that we have too many meetings but too few! The problem, he says, is that we treat all meetings as the same when we should have different types of meetings.
In fact for an executive or operations team, a daily (!) meeting is warranted… but a meeting of only 5 minutes. A weekly staff meeting should be 45-90 minutes to review weekly activities and metrics, and resolve any tactical obstacles and issues. Monthly meetings are 2-4 hours to discuss, analyze, brainstorm, and decide upon critical issues affecting long-term success. And finally, once a quarter, offsite meetings are to review strategy, industry trends, competitive landscape, key personnel, and team development.
Again, his point is not that we have too many meetings but we’re having too many of the wrong meetings. Further, Lencioni proposes that meetings are the real work of today’s businesses. If you feel that your time is wasted in meetings, you should check out this book.
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