Simplifying Meeting Madness
Coach Andrea’s Intro
In this Tip, Simon Tyler challenges you to rethink your meeting behavior. My first reaction – “you’re kidding.” My second response – “Hmm, let’s consider this more closely. What could be possible for my clients and me by changing our meeting habits?”
Quote of the Week
“If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.”
~ John Cleese
Simplifying Meeting Madness
By Simon Tyler
Unless you work on your own, for yourself or in isolation, your weekly schedule will be peppered with meetings. Meetings about your projects, team members’ projects, corporate information sharing, program updates and on and on.
The culture in your organization has possibly led to the habit of multiple invitations and equally habitual acceptance and attendance. What was once a conversation, then a meeting has become a forum or even a committee.
The time left to be creative, space to think, opportunities to build relationships, has reduced down to a few chances a day, often in the margins at the beginning or end of the day or even packed into part of your travel time.
If you truly desire positive change, to create something new for you, your team or your company, then the time must surely have come for you to check your meeting habits now.
I have often found inspiration in the thinking and working practices of the late Steve Jobs and this Simple Note about meetings is dedicated to him.
He instilled within Apple the principle of meetings populated by the fewest participants possible. Unless someone is critical to the decision or has something crucial to add, they were asked to leave the meeting.
Start with small groups of smart people, every time the number increases, unnecessary complexity increases with it.
To access the best of simplicity, not least speed, I provocatively suggest that the more critical a project the fewer smart ones you co-opt in the better. This is the opposite to most corporate behavior.
And a bonus meeting culture changer: never allow a meeting to go beyond 30 minutes.
Go on, challenge your meeting behavior, and keep it simple.
Simon Tyler is one of the world’s leading business coaches. His work simplifies the lives of business leaders and owners. He is an incisive consultant, inspirational writer, provocative public speaker and master facilitator. To learn more about Simon, visit http://simontyler.com.
Coaching Call To Action
What will you do this week to change your meeting behavior so that you and your company are more productive? Shorter meetings, fewer meetings, less people?
Thursday, August 16, 2012 – 9 am to noon EDT
The Return of Pounce on a Project
I’m inspired by all of the steps my clients have been taking this year! I know I have to spend some time decluttering my office. I’m going to do some prep work by creating a vision of what I want the room to look like. During Pounce, I will start the hands on work. What project would you like to get on top of and accomplish this month? Come to Pounce on a Project I – - 2012.
Join Coach Andrea on Thursday, August 16th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon Eastern. We will join as a group by phone and declare what you want to accomplish: marketing calls to hit your numbers, adding a shopping cart to your website, or cleaning your office so you can find the goals you created in January.
During the morning, the group will gather by phone a few times to check progress and get any support needed to finish with a bang. At noon, the group will celebrate their accomplishments. Who says projects have to be boring and tedious? Bring your lightness and fun and join us for the energization.
To sign up or learn more, call or e-mail me by noon on Wednesday, August 15th. Feel free to share this with friends and co-workers, the more the merrier. (Cost of the program is only the cost of long distance phone calls.)
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