Yet Another Meeting?

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I can hear the groans now. If you’re like most, your 8 to 10 hour workday is more consumed with long-winded meetings than time to actually do your job. You know the types of meetings I’m referring to . . . the ones where everyone “waits their turn” to talk and then tunes out; or everyone’s “eyes glaze over” as they realize this could have been covered in an email; or, let’s not forget, the meetings where unclear agendas disintegrate into unresolved issues, unnecessary conflict and lack of progress.

Like you, I’ve been both a victim and a culprit of the above. Also like you, I’ve looked for ways to better optimize – and potentially reduce the number of – meetings. While there are no quick fixes, I have compiled “Rubi’s Ten Commandments” around meeting effectiveness. It’s not gospel but I promise you it will help make your current meetings more valuable for all involved.

Rubi’s Ten Commandments for Meeting Effectiveness

To be clear, my advice is not to eliminate meetings. Work sessions do serve a valuable face-to-face function necessary for leadership, communication and collaboration. But don’t meet to just meet, perform CYA, or attempt to give an illusion of progress. Rather, reserve the face-to-face for the most vital issues. Your co-workers will thank you.

My Meeting Effectiveness Leadership Challenge to You

Your leadership challenge: Make your “working sessions” more relevant by applying one or more of the above suggestions. Better yet, come up with a few of your own. Then, and only then, will you truly be committed to optimizing the workday for yourself and others. Take back what is yours!

I’m Here to Help You Own It

Privately send me your challenges, questions and comments or use the forum below. I can’t guarantee I’ll have all the answers, but I will be candid, truthful and genuine.   All of us can inspire, lead and achieve and drive higher performance and organizational health if we simply work at it.


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