Meetings suck. There I’ve said it.
Go to any meeting, anywhere, and you won’t have to scratch very much to find dissatisfaction, grumbling, discontent, sarcasm, cynicism, criticism, over-analysis, and posturing. I’m sure you can add to the list.
Even ‘good’ meetings have their share of malcontents, either openly or covertly, intentionally or not, disrupting the meeting. And I think they are on to something – because that’s exactly what our standard meetings need, disruption. A good shake.
Johnnie Moore writes about the tired Q and A format and makes a good case for at least trying something different.
And here’s some ideas for disrupting our meeting habits (to be considered individually or collectively):
1. Cancel the meeting
2. Throw away the agenda, goals, purpose, group norms or any other standardised procedure
3. Remove the tables – yep, all of ’em
4. Sit in a circle
5. Sing, play music, dance, move (helps your brain work better)
6. Ask people what they want to talk about
7. If all else fails, try #1
What else would you add?
By the way, if your meetings don’t suck, then I’m curious. Please tell us what makes them work.General | Comment (1)