Read This Before Our Next Meeting

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 September, 2011, 12:00am


Read This Before Our Next Meeting
by Al Pittampalli
The Domino Project (e-book)

Who doesn't loathe meetings, especially those that drag interminably, allow attendees to drone on about ideas that could have been explained succinctly in a memo and, worst of all, achieve little. Al Pittampalli is one. Believing not only that most meetings waste time, he argues that they are changing how we focus, what we focus on and what decisions we make. He shows that, although meetings ensure intelligent decisions are made and that teams are interacting effectively on projects, they can break work days into work moments, interrupting work flow and forcing us to start over each time. They can also be used to delay decisions. His suggestions are snappy. Although some are obvious, others are worth considering, especially that meetings be convened to support a decision that's already been made. Pittampalli says if you've made a decision you're not willing to alter, don't bother having a meeting. Just go with it. Other useful points include not inviting the boss so participants feel safe to suggest risky, even controversial ideas.