I would say one of the consistent complaints I hear as I travel across the country conducting the seminar Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed are how meetings are such a waste of time! And as we know...time is a key commodity in getting the results needed that lead to profits.
So...if this is an issue in your organization - take some advice from Larry Paige, the CEO of Google. After I read this I thought, "Awwh...and this is why they are where they are." (One of the most dominate companies on the planet.)
I also thought - this is leadership! Larry issued a company wide letter giving guidelines on meetings.
Here they are:
- Every meeting must have one clear decision maker. If there's no decision maker -- or no decision to be made -- the meeting shouldn't happen.
- No more than 10 people should attend.
- Every person should give input, otherwise they shouldn't be there.
- No decision should ever wait for a meeting. If a meeting absolutely has to happen before a decision should be made, then the meeting should be scheduled immediately.
Today's coaching tip: How about using Larry's advice and modeling his leadership...nuf said. :-)
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