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When it comes to information gathering in meetings, you will need to have a process for doing this. Simply entering the room and saying “what do you think?” will not be appropriate and depending on the group dynamics, you may only hear from one or two people. 

Whilst there isn’t a lot of research specifically on the correlation between number of people and productivity in meetings, many seem to agree with the George Miller Magic Number 7 +/-2 principle. 

Often when we meet, it’s to reach an agreement or alignment on an issue.  Getting a diverse group of stakeholders across the line can be challenging.

I believe entitlement about decisions is a big problem in organisation and it’s a big time waster when it comes to meetings and getting things done.  Those that second guess decisions that have been made or feel that they are entitled to have a say in a decision creates time wasting and unhappiness.  It is an indication of lack of trust.

In previous blogs I’ve discussed whether we should meet or not.  If we have decided we need to bring people together for a physical or virtual meeting, we still need to establish the purpose for the meeting.

In previous blogs I’ve discussed whether we should meet or not.  If we have decided we need to bring people together for a physical or virtual meeting, we still need to establish the purpose for the meeting.

In previous blogs I’ve discussed whether we should meet or not.  If we have decided we need to bring people together for a physical or virtual meeting, we still need to establish the purpose for the meeting.

The busyness of business means we are often operating on autopilot or standard operating procedures.  Organising a meeting is a great (bad?) example of this.  If you want to be more productive, generally, start with meetings, and start by asking, “do I need to have a meeting to achieve this outcome?”

In the 1960’s we spent about 10 hours per week in meetings, now we are at the point where executives spend an average of at least 23 hours a week in them.

Meetings have become the default way in which we communicate in organisations.  This has largely come about by the desire to create more collaboration (which is a good thing) and the comfortable and (to some extent) easy way to do this is to bring people together into a room.

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