Suggested Reading: Why Meetings Are The Worst Possible Way To Get Things Done


Do you hate meetings? I try to avoid them like the plague. I've been in jobs where there were so many meetings that it was nearly impossible to get any work done (without serious overtime). Then, inevitably, there would be meetings about increasing productivity because no one was getting any work done. They might even put together a committee to study the problem on a regular basis.

A "good" work meeting for me involves 2 - 4 people over coffee, or possibly beer depending on the seriousness of the topic. At these ideal meetings a single topic is covered and everyone leaves on the same page without referring anything to anyone, scheduling any further meetings or tabling anything for later discussion.

If, at any point in the recent past, you've thought to yourself "I should call a meeting" please read Esther Inglis-Arkell's article at io9 "Why Meetings Are The Worst Possible Way To Get Things Done".

If you haven't thought of calling a meeting, but have wondered "why do we have so many meetings? I have shit to do," you might think about nailing a copy to the door of the executive washroom.
As the researchers put it, "making a decision as part of a group leads to increases in confidence that are not mirrored in accuracy." People talk themselves into believing that they're right. More talk doesn't convince them otherwise, so they're lacking vital data that the silent pairs had — an honest estimation of both partners' level of surety. Talking actually obscured their whole situation.

Read the rest at io9
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