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No More ‘Meetings’. (Period.)

For Impact Ideas | | Tom Suddes

A fun challenging thought for a Tuesday.

WHAT IF… we never held another ‘meeting’!!??

Political consultant and pundit James Carville says,“Losers meet. Winners do.”

He goes on to say that, “Absent a major peace negotiation, complicated merger or complex legal settlement… there is no reason on earth to have a meeting last more than 30 minutes.”

After 35 years in the ‘business world’, I’m convinced that nobody really wants to go to another ‘meeting’ (except for maybe the meeting planner or the boss who is holding the meeting).

Luckily, I’m at an age where I can just say no… I don’t do ‘meetings’.

A suggested alternative: ‘GATHERINGS.’ Instead of a ‘meeting’, try a ‘GATHERING’ of the right people at the right time on the right subject… to brainstorm, re-design or correct course.

Imagine what life would be like without meetings, but where you gathered together in a fun, productive session with real results!

These ‘GATHERINGS’ need:

    1. Great Prep. Send appropriate info out in advance. Don’t go over it all at the meeting! (It’s Prep.)

    2. Specific Goal. The meetings should have a specific purpose… an action/result.

    3. Defined Time. 33 minutes is a great constraint!

Here’s a better idea: Go for a walk! It worked for Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison. It will also work for you.