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Let’s Stop Meeting Like This – Information vs. Action

Posted by on December 8th, 2008 with 0 Comments

I’ve been keeping a list of activities that strengthen me and activities that weaken me. At the top of the list of things that weaken me is the word “meetings.

I did a quick thesaurus check for ‘meeting’ and found:

conference, assembly, summit, seminar, consultation, get-together, gathering, convention, and board (bored) meeting

Damn… none of those sound very sexy, do they?
Here’s a little ‘rule of thumb’ I invented for testing meeting agendas. 
Ask how many of the items on the meeting agenda are actionable, and how many are informational.
In order to keep me engaged in a meeting, the ratio should be 80% actionable and 20% informational. Otherwise, just send me an email with the information… okay?
Of course, that’s not the case. I’ve audited a fair number of meetings, and the informational items always (yes, always) make up more than 60%. 
Sorry, but that’s some sleep inducing shit…
So, here are two suggestions:
  1. Go for the 80/20 mix. 80% of the items on your agenda must be actionable.
  2. Don’t use the word ‘meeting‘. Personally, I’m starting to use the phrase ‘jam session‘.
    Other ideas are ‘festival‘, ‘carnival‘, or ‘workout‘. If you’re in a more adventurous culture than mine you might try ‘orgy‘. Yeah, I’d attend an ‘idea orgy‘…

‘yawn’ image by Jean-Pierre Knapen

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