Meetings are essential to collaboration and decision making, but they are often irrelevant, time consuming and badly run. People tell us they spend an average of 2 days per week in meetings and 50% of it is wasted – we need to kill bad meetings. In decades working in complex matrix, virtual and global organisations […]
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I was talking to a client recently who had been given the job of looking at how they could improve their meetings. Meetings are where most collaboration happens, and meetings also drive a lot of travel and they are where decision-making happens. If we can get our meetings to work then we have an impact […]
Many meetings consist largely of information giving. Much of it is irrelevant and could be delivered much more effectively outside the meeting. This is the kind of meeting where you sit passively whilst people present at you. There is little role for the participant beyond listening. A best you then discuss the information or make […]
Many so called ‘teams’ are actually ‘groups’. Confusing the two can cause boring meetings and damage ‘team spirit’. Teams require intensive collaboration and interdependence between people with different skills and capabilities around a common goal (what we at Global Integration call ‘spaghetti teams’) – for example in multidisciplinary problem solving. Groups consist of individuals with […]
As part of our Better Meetings Campaign, we are addressing the best way to run certain types of meetings. Today – brainstorming. The brainstorming meeting is based on a popular – but incorrect – assumption that groups generate more ideas than individuals on their own. In fact, it has been clear from research for many […]
Escaping from unnecessary meetings – expect resistance You would think it would be easy to cut down on the number of meetings you attend. About half of meetings content is irrelevant to some of the participants. It is an enormous business cost and a source of personal frustration. The business and emotional case is clear. […]
An increasing proportion of meetings and are being delivered through tools such as video conference, web meeting (such as WebEx or Lync) or conference call. The use of these technologies can bring a discipline to the conduct of meetings. If nothing else, they tend to be shorter and we need to work harder to pay […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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