Jason Fried – Why work doesn’t happen at work

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I don’t know how many times I have heard the phrase about meetings …

“Yep, we are in a meeting talking about things we should be doing, but can’t, cause we are in meetings talking about it!”

I wholeheartedly agree with cutting down meeting time. Or, at the very least get your meetings on track.

Top 5 Tips

  1. Set an agenda – send it out prior to the meeting. Also define a purpose.
  2. Send out meeting docs – to be read – before the meeting.
  3. Stick to a time-table (Start at X o’clock, XY+Z Topics take X minutes apiece) Make the meetings productive, predictable and as short as possible.
  4. Designate a meeting facilitator. (Read: Time keeper!)
  5. Set up defined action items to be done as a result of the meeting

Oh and #6 (an add-on) “Is this meeting really necessary – could I cover it off in a phone call, an email, a conference call (God forbid) or walking to my colleagues desk and having a quick discussion?”

Meetings are a necessary evil, but like all things moderation (pun intended) is the key!

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