Meetings. It’s a simple word, but one that usually draws a negative response from executives, managers and employees alike. The reasons are many and varied:
– We hold too many meetings.
– Meetings around here are inefficient and a waste of time.
– I spend so much time in meetings I can’t get any work done.
Indeed, it is currently fashionable to hate meetings. Yet meetings play a central role in coordinating action, communicating intent, and creating the conditions for collaboration. With so much time invested in meetings in most organisations—often for questionable outcomes—learning to hold better meetings is a key discipline toward increasing organisational effectiveness.
This principles whitepaper is our exploration of the state of meetings today, a look at the research on meetings, and a casting of our vision for Smarter Meetings.
Purchase Smarter Meetings Scenario (2017) (published by Silverside)