Meeting Madness? Frankly, you do have a choice.
According to Forbes® magazine, a recent survey reported that 85% of executives indicated they were unsatisfied with the efficiency and effectiveness of meetings at their companies; yet many of these management-level men and women spend more than half of their time in meetings.
The reality is that meetings have changed; they’re more virtual, frequent, and increasingly hard to schedule. A few supporting factoids; 61% of meetings start on time, 66% lack a clearly stated objective and agenda, 70% veer of topic and 73% lack any form of effective follow-up in regards to action items and outcomes.
So, how can you, the business leader or business professional grab this meeting tiger by the tail?
Start with a few simple practices which can yield a huge positive impact.
I challenge you to consider the following questions before you accept your next meeting invite, or, before you schedule a meeting.
- Does the meeting have an outcome?
- Do you play a key role in that outcome?
- Are all the key pieces and players in place?
- Will your attendance/contribution be as critical as completing something else?
- What is the value if you go to this meeting; what is the risk if you do not?
This is the first post in a series of posts related to meeting management; take this month’s challenge (above) and look forward to a new opportunity area in my post next month.