Oh how we punish ourselves with meetings!
I have heard it proposed that meetings should be conducted more like huddles on a football field.
The analogy makes sense when you consider these similarities:
- Everyone shows up with ONLY the needed equipment (you never see a smartphone or laptop or briefcase or lunchbox in a football huddle).
- The purpose of the gathering has been in development and pervasively-communicated for at least the week prior.
- The "agenda items" are all action items, not discussion items.
- Everyone at the meeting is clear about their roles and the absolute necessity of their successful deployment.
- They're brief, really brief. Start and stop times are perfectly clear and religiously adhered to (tardiness and chit-chat are not allowed).
- The invitees are few, and all have direct relevance to the gathering.
- All the attendees understand the common technical language being used (no wasted time explaining stuff that is assumed to be known and understood).
- Everyone stands (no sitting allowed).
- The subsequent performance outcomes are clear to the WORLD (the ultimate in transparency - real and tangible accountability).
- The persistent "failers" get un-invited pretty quickly.
wouldn't you like to see more meetings run like a football huddle?