Do meetings drive you crazy?

Dear Friends,

Did you ever feel that everyone is so busy but nothing important is getting done and meetings just add to your to-do list? Interacting is easier than ever, but true, productive, value-creating collaboration is not. Quality engagement is deteriorating. Every minute spent on a low-value interaction takes time away that could be used for important, creative, powerful innovation and activities. 

Most leaders say they frequently find themselves spending way too much time on pointless interactions and meetings that drain their energy and produce information overload. As an alternative to weekly meetings where people share a look-in-the-rear-view-mirror perspective, short daily stand-up meetings or check-ins with the entire team can drive horizontal connectivity, creating the space for teams to understand what others are doing and where they need help to drive work forward without having to specifically task anyone in a hierarchical way. 

Good questions when you are considering having a meeting: 

  1. What’s this meeting for? 
  2. What’s my role? 
  3. Can I shorten this meeting by limiting live information sharing and focusing on discussion and decision making? 

Excuse yourself from meetings where you bring no value and have little information on which to base an opinion. If you are not essential, the meeting will still be successful without your presence and you can get work done that is important. 

You might open a meeting with, “If this meeting were to be successful today what will we have accomplished?” 

Starting with the end in mind will focus everyone on a progressive outcome – not a look back. 

* NOTE * Are you tired of the work treadmill to nowhere? Are you working hard while others get promoted? Is the disappointment affecitng your personal life? Now might be the right time to work with me on your leadership, executive presence and career goals. Don't wait until you are in crisis or have allowed too much negativity to set in, hijacking your power and your future. I have a short career survey that helps me understand your situation and if I can help you. Then if you're interested in coaching, we can get on a call to discuss. Get the short career survey here so we can discuss if coaching is a good fit. I am happy to show you what you can expect and enjoy with this transformation. Request they survey now.

Your coach,

Mary Lee 

P.S. Feel free to forward this email to someone who could benefit from it. We are all walking down the same road in life looking for a hand to hold. Sometimes we must be the hand that reaches out.  

Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an executive coach and 19-year corporate CEO who helps leaders have more effective careers, happier lives and better relationships. Request the short career survey here.

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