We all complain about having to attend too many meetings. We wonder why we are at the meeting, in a cast of thousands, wading through dozens of boring reports that may or may not have an impact on our work.
Meetings generally get a bad rap. Some see them as a pointless drain on valuable work time. For others, they’re a great reason to get a sneaky hour of Candy Crush in while looking as if you’re paying attention. It’s hard to find anyone who actually finds them valuable.
I was recently in a meeting as the change management expert for a global organization. I was there to gather information, as their meetings were notorious for being late and inefficient. But this meeting was different: a manager came into the room and announced before we started, ‘I have a hard stop at 10.30 am’.
Too often I have heard business people say that they spend all day in meetings, so their evenings (when they should be with their families, friends or enjoying leisure time) are spent doing their actual work or catching up on emails they have missed.