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Don Phin Don Phin , 4/29/2014
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In the book, Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business, Patrick Lencioni argues that good meetings should lack “drama.” Consistent with guidelines in this blog over the years, Lencioni recommends holding five-minute daily updates, weekly tactical meetings, and longer less-frequent strategic reviews offsite to discuss major issues.

When structuring a meeting, ask:

Is the meeting necessary?
Are the right people here?
Is everyone clear about the issues to be discussed?
How will the meeting be conducted?
How can you make sure that everybody participates?

A manager at Siemens VDO Automotive stated, “Everyone expected meetings to be bad, so they were –  and no one thought anything could be done about it. What had to change was that idea. People had to understand that they needed to respect each other’s time, and that they should call a meeting only if they needed to do so, and not because they could.”

Amen to that!