To wrap up my old man yells at meetings series, inspired by and drawing heavily from David Pearl’s excellent Will There Be Donuts?, I’ll close the same way Pearl did, with his Real Meeting Checklist.
If you’re fine living a life filled with lousy meetings that waste your (and everyone else’s) time, get nothing done, and do nothing but move us slightly closer to our inevitable deaths, then this post isn’t for you.
But if you want to be inspired, then read on!
- Every meeting is “your” meeting: be a revolutionary, not a victim
- Fewer meetings, more meeting: informal chats are fine for many things
- There is no such thing as “a meeting”: there are seven basic reasons to meet, and each requires a different approach
- If you don’t know why you are in a meeting, don’t be in the meeting
- If you can’t improve a bad meeting: then make it worse until no one can defend it
- When you are done, stop – no matter what the schedule says
- ALL meetings need to be led
- Bad meetings always have “good” reasons: to change a bad meeting, you first need to understand what people are getting from it
- Create (extraordinary) value
- The revolution starts today: don’t wait
- Bore no more! This list isn’t about boring meetings and whether you want to have them, it’s about boring lives and whether you want to live one.
[…] Finally, Pearl closes by summarizing what we’ve learned (a great deal), and providing us with a Real Meeting Checklist. […]