This encapsulates what successful meetings should be and what kind of meetings we should attend.
- Meetings should always have an agenda
- That agenda should be no longer than 10 points
- Its okay to have 15 min meetings.
- Meetings should be avoided at all costs when they can be. E.g. Someone calls a meeting to get status from you on a given thing. Just answer the status question before the meeting and save everyone time. Better yet, have that information always available in an automatic way.
- Meetings should be rejected if there is > 10 people involved.
- Meetings should never happen over lunch.
- If you don’t know what the meeting is for or if it is profitable, reject it.
The goal is to drive at focus, accuracy, and maximizing people’s time. This assumes then:
- People will get “out of their chair” and get stuff done proactively.
- People will communicate outside of meetings.
- Don’t wait for a meeting to get something done. Do it now!
- If you need an answer, go ask that person, if they don’t know, ask who knows, if they don’t know who knows, keep asking others until you figure it out.