A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings

Meetings are often considered the bane of large dysfunctional organizations.

But “meetings are evil” is the wrong guideline to adopt. Meetings are a critical collaboration and coordination tool. They’re just often mismanged.

This piece by Jeff Wiener nails what’s wrong with so many meetings and how to fix it:

A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings

The gist is simple: walking a group through a set of materials is a total waste of everyone’s time. We all can read pretty well on our own thankyouverymuch. Therefore – share materials ahead of time so people can read them prior to the meeting and focus the group’s time together on driving clarity and removing any issues that stand in the way of getting to alignment on actionable next steps.

Coupled with Urban Airship‘s Meeting Rules, you’re way on your way to having productive meetings that are a good use of everyone’s time.

What’s your favorite meeting hack?

A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings