The #1 Meeting You NEED to STOP Having
One of the reasons people hate meetings is that workers are frequently pulled away from their actual work to participate in a meeting that the person can’t contribute to in any meaningful way. The key element distinguishing this type of awful meeting from a worthwhile meeting is that a decision has already been made, no alternatives will sincerely be considered, someone just wants to cover their behind. The perpetrator calling for this kind of meeting is typically a manager who really just wants to make unilateral decisions. The meeting is a measure of protection, it means Mr. Manager can say “but we all agreed to replace product X with product Y, we had a meeting.”
Are you sitting through a lot of these meetings? Here are some of the signs.
Signs of a CYA Meeting:
- There’s lots of people (more than 6)
- But there is no real agenda other than “review issue X”
- Nothing is asked of participants in advance
- One person does the majority of the talking
- That person says “Anyone have any questions or concerns?”
- But there is very little time allowed for questions or concerns
- And, most importantly, there is no process in place to develop alternative approaches
- Finally, there is a follow-up email which indicates everyone agreed to the plan outlined in the meeting
Are there any signs of a CYA meeting that I left out? What can be done to minimize these viscous time-sucking monsters?
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