Question of the week: How are your meetings? Do you love them?
Yeah, neither do most people. Complaining about meetings is a right of corporate passage. Everybody seems to hate them (while simultaneously feeling left out if not involved in them).
Peter Drucker had some pretty choice words about meetings:
“Meetings are, by definition, a concession to deficient organization. For, one either meets or one works.”
Which is certainly a popular viewpoint.
But we disagree.
First, the definition of “meeting” has nothing to do with deficient organizational skills. Dictionary.com defines a meeting as “a coming together.”
And if you have ever tried to get a group of executives together, you know what kind of organizational skills that requires.
But aside from the snarky definition of definition, retort: meetings are important.
It is only by coming together that people have the opportunity to work on something together, solve problems together and get more done as a team than they would get done individually.
Patrick Lencioni offers a completely different thought on meetings. In HIS words:
Meetings are the linchpin of everything. If someone says you have an hour to investigate a company, I wouldn’t look at the balance sheet. I’d watch their executive team in a meeting for an hour. If they are clear and focused and have the board on the edge of their seats, I’d say this is a good company worth investing in.Patrick Lencioni
The problem is not that we have meetings. The problem is that we have bad meetings.
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From Around the Web
💭 Still thinking about meetings?
- Here is an article from HBR on how to conduct a meeting. They don’t have a nifty, colorful agenda like we do… but they do have some great advice. Read more here.
💸 There is a new stimulus bill, maybe you heard of it?
- If you are trying to figure out what is in it for you, check out this post from Rosenberg Chesnov it is a good summary. Or, if you just want to cut to the chase here is a post on all the reasons you MAY not get a stimulus check this time.