The Meeting for Information

“Now that we have the means to be instantly updated we can and should be very choosy about when we hold information meetings and why.” – David Pearl

In The Reasons Why People Meet, I introduced seven different types of meeting. In this post, we take a deeper dive into information meetings.

An effective information meeting creates shared understanding between the participants and within the organization. Nowadays, with all our rich communication channels, it’s relatively easy to spread information – so we should find ourselves in fewer and fewer information meetings.

If your experience differs, then your organization is probably doing meetings wrong.



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The Reasons Why People Meet

“The word ‘meeting’ covers a huge range of different interactions. If you want successful meetings you have to be more specific.” – David Pearl

Alright, I’ve spent a couple of posts complaining about meetings. With those little rants out of the way, let’s turn our attention to solving the problem. A good place to start is to understand the seven essential reasons why people meet.


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Know Your Enemy: How to Spot a Nearly Meeting


Nearly meeting is a colossal waste of time and resources, and – most destructively – it turns us off the real potential of really meeting.

To avoid nearly meeting and make an escape or a change when you find yourself in one, you first have to learn how to spot them.

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The Real Tragedy of Nearly Meeting

In Will There Be Donuts?, David Pearl explains the concept of nearly meeting (p22):

Nearly meeting is any meeting where the participants fail to get real value out of their coming together. They are the ones which offer a poor return on the time and effort invested – for the individuals taking part and the organizations they work for.

Nearly meetings are the ones where problems are half solved, the issues are partially understood, the right things are almost said. They come that close to being useful. If you ever stagger out of a meeting wondering where the day went and what you did with it, you’ve probably been nearly meeting. You’ll have semi-resolved problems, almost discussed what truly needs to be discussed and practically decided what to do about it.

Does any of that sound familiar?

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Book Report: Drunk Tank Pink

drunk-tank-pinkThese studies tell us something profound and perhaps a bit disturbing about what makes us who we are: there isn’t a single version of ‘you’. It’s comforting to believe that there’s an essential version of each of us, that good people are good, bad people are bad, and that those tendencies reside within us rather than in the sights, sounds, and symbols that populate the landscapes that surround us from moment to moment. But social psychology calls that belief into question.” (Drunk Tank Pink)

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The Story Behind a Video

youtube-logo-full_colorA few months ago, I pinged some colleagues with an idea; last week, that idea came to life in the form of a new video.

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Book Report: Data and Goliath

data-and-goliathPrivacy is not a luxury that we can only afford in times of safety. Instead, it’s a value to be preserved. It’s essential for liberty, autonomy, and human dignity. We must understand that privacy is not something to be traded away in some fearful attempt to guarantee security, but something to maintain and to protect in order to have real security. None of this will happen without a change of attitude. In the end, we’ll get the privacy we as a society demand and not a bit more.” (Data and Goliath)

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