Have you been a victim of meeting malpractice?
It’s time to go back to the office and to join a job meeting.
You can’t escape! As you can read in this article from BBC.
With summer in full swing, our thoughts naturally turn to BBQ’s, beaches, and vacations. It’s the time of year when you can easily find yourself daydreaming when you should be paying attention. And then, as if in the middle of a nightmare, you realize you are seated around a table, listening to people you don’t really want to hear from saying things you don’t really need to know. Yes, you are in a meeting at work. And you can’t escape.
A meeting without an agenda is like a restaurant dinner without a menu.
Is this the cruel fate all office must endure? The answer is, perhaps surprisingly, no! So many people are subject to what I call “meeting malpractice” that it’s a wonder the trial lawyers haven’t caught onto this one yet. The good news is that somewhere out there savvy managers refuse to play along, instead the quaint belief that meetings are opportunities for smart people to learn, debate and discuss — and for accountability to be assigned for actions and results.
So what is meeting malpractice? And what can we do about it?
Meeting malpractice usually starts before the meeting begins. The meeting request comes in with only the barest notion of its purpose. “Task force meeting,” “Team meeting,” and the classic, “Update.” But there is no agenda, no raison d’être, attached to justify this incursion in a busy workday. A meeting without an agenda is like a restaurant dinner without a menu. It’s true that a great chef’s creations can surprise and delight, but I’ve yet to see the same skill extend to managers in meetings.
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