Thoughts on Meetings

Effective meeting don’t happen by accident, they happen by design.

General Keys

Do only one operation at a time

Generate ideas when you generate ideas; decide when you decide; present when you present.
The three key operations that occur in meetings are generating ideas, making decisions and presenting
information. Often in meetings these operations get mixed up. One person is generating ideas, another
is sharing information, and still another is making a decision. This does not work since each of these
operations has it own set of rules that do not co-exist productively together. In other words, the act of
decision making does not mix psychologically well with the act of idea generation. Yet this is not only
frequently done but probably the single greatest obstruction to a productive meeting. Once clear on
what you wish to have the group do: decide, ideate or share, make it clear to the attendees.

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