Monty Python has done skits about them. They have been a bottomless source of material for Scott Adams’ Dilbert cartoon, and most employees dread them – the venerable office meeting.
What is it about coming together with co-workers or as a leadership team that has become a time of dread?
Frankly most meetings are a massive waste of time. Because they waste time, they kill morale and create a drain on precious resources – time and money.
We can make more money. We can never get back lost time.
As a point of encouragement, this is not the way meetings go in all organizations. In fact, healthy organizations have many meetings. Rarely do their attendees consider them a waste of time. Why?
Patrick Lencioni does a great job explaining this in his book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business.
So, channeling my inner Patrick Lencioni, here are 5 tips to make your meetings meaningful.