Climb out of the Box of Bad Meetings – How to Hold Effective Meetings
Out of the box thinking is a popular fad today. And yet, in order to leave a box, you have to realize that you are in one.
For example, the Indians who lived in the Grand Canyon believed the entire world was like the canyon. And so they didnt try to find Kansas. This can be okay, if youre in a beautiful place like the Grand Canyon.
It can be a rut, however, if youre stuck in bad meetings.
For example, many leaders truly believe that it is normal to spend hours in a meeting engaged in pointless chit chat. Some believe that a meeting should be conducted like a Medieval court where the subjects listen while the boss talks. Others even believe that a group of people will be able to guess the purpose of a meeting without receiving a hint, like an agenda.
They may be like the VP who left his staff meeting after it had gone on for 30 minutes to ask his assistant, “Do you remember why I called this meeting?”
Or the manager who invited 30 software experts to a two-day meeting in Houston (actually a $50,000 argument) with no agenda because he didn’t want...