Hello SOTGC community,
I recently stumbled upon a TED talk by David Grady who challenges us to “Save ourselves and the world from bad meetings…” Needless to say I was intrigued by what he meant by that. I wasn’t sure if he would call out individuals that cannot hold a good meeting or maybe the sheer amount of meetings that we all attend.
I mean let’s face it, those of us who work for larger companies know that we at times simply run from one meeting to another in hopes of squeezing in that bathroom break or mid-morning snack.
So I watched David’s six-minute talk on the epidemic of inefficient meetings we simply go on autopilot to accept. He calls it the ‘MAS’ syndrome– Mindless Accept Syndrome. It’s the way meetings are being put on without any explanation as to why you were invited in the first place. And I have to agree with him. Too often are we invited to a meeting with little to know explanation as to why we should be present and sometimes it turns out that either the wrong people were present or the people attending the meeting were not adequately prepared so we have to schedule another meeting. And the cycle continues from one meeting to another until our calendar is so full we cannot even comprehend that it is 5 p.m.
After watching his video and the little excerpt of what a bad teleconference looks like, I think we can all relate how real this is. One behavior can spill over until it becomes a culture, therefore, I am challenging myself and others to think about these 3 questions before sending out a meeting.
1. Who should be present at this meeting?
2. What is my goal for this meeting and should I send out pre-read material?
3. Write a brief descriptor in your meeting so other know what this meeting is about.
Keeping these small goals in mind, might make our lives and that of others a bit more efficient and more productive.
Please click this link for David’s Ted talk and let us know what else you would recommend. If more of us will make these small steps, think about what a difference we could make. Maybe even share it in a staff meeting as I am sure others are thinking the same thing.