Thursday, August 14, 2008

Good Essay on How to Make Meetings Not Suck

Steve Tobak wrote a really nice guide on how to run effective meetings at CNET.

The point that resonated with me is this gem:
Every meeting has a start time and an end time. That means it starts on time and ends on time. If someone is chronically late to meetings, the others must bring peer pressure to bear on that individual. If most of a company's executives exhibit this trait, then find another company. It's a sign of immaturity and disrespect for others.
Being late for meetings somehow has become a norm in a lot of companies that I've worked at. I'd love to see an environment where people were less complicit to tardiness. Better yet, I'd prefer to see a system where people had time between meetings so they could make it to their meetings on time.

Bonus read: Tobak's Do You Have A Dysfunctional Workplace? It's chock full of office anti-patterns.

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