People spend a lot of time in meetings…too much time! Participants in our training programs tell us they spend two days a week in meetings and that half of it is irrelevant. If it’s 40% of your time, then the quality and energy of those meetings is a really important part of your life – […]
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When organizations introduce matrix management, they are usually trying to create a more integrated and connected business. It starts with strategy and structure, then moves onto aligning systems and skills to this more horizontal way of working. Systems In systems, many organizations introduce some kind of ERP (enterprise resource planning) software to make the organization […]
I came across the interesting sideshow embedded here – This Weekly Meeting Took Up 300,000 Hours a Year – that looked at the ripple effect of preparation that a senior meeting causes. A weekly excom meeting consumed 7,000 hours of executive time, already a lot. To prepare for this the 11 attendees each hold preparation […]
Dealing with people who are partly present at your meetings In step three of our Better Meetings Campaign, we are focusing on getting rid of unnecessary participants. By streamlining the size of our meetings We can make them more effective and more likely to succeed. In our Better Meetings Survey, we have found that most […]
The idea of daily “Scrum meetings” has caught on in many organizations, but a misunderstanding of what they are can lead to unnecessary and irrelevant meetings and time wasting – the opposite of agility.Scrum meetings were designed for deeply interdependent cross-functional teams working on time bounded “sprints” of activity to complete a specific piece of […]
Getting rid of unnecessary attendees your meetings – relevance To celebrate our 20th birthday, we have launched a “Better Meetings Campaign” to help people cut down the number of meetings, conference calls and webinars that they attend, and improve the quality and conduct of those that remain. One of the themes is getting rid of […]
Unnecessary people at meetings: the stand in In our free “Better Meetings Campaign” , we are helping people to reduce the number and improve the quality of their face-to-face and virtual meetings. As part of this we are looking at how to get rid of unnecessary participants at your meetings. In our Better Meetings Survey we […]
Meetings: Cut out unnecessary participants – visibility We are currently running a “Better Meetings Campaign”, designed to help people cut out unnecessary meetings, conference calls and webinars and radically improve the quality of those that remain. (There is no cost to join and an opportunity to share experience and win prizes. ) One of the themes of […]
A lot of business meetings fall into the trap of discussing topics that are only relevant to two individuals, or a subset of the people of the meeting. Typical examples are status updates, weekly reviews of activity, or side conversations. These can be extremely annoying and frustrating for the participants and represent a significant waste of […]
Three Experts, Two Books, One Special Event: Managing in the Matrix If you think you have what it takes to survive in a matrix organization, it may pay to think again. Traditional management training may be counterproductive in matrix settings. If you are seeking innovation in your organization’s matrix structure yet are unsure how to […]
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