Meet to discuss. Instead: Meet to decide.

I was reading an article about “How to Fail: 25 Secrets Learned through Failure“. One that I think will be on a post-it note on my monitor at work tomorrow morning is going to be:

Meet to discuss.
Instead: Meet to decide.

Meetings used to disseminate information are the biggest time-sink at almost all companies. Nobody likes meetings and the interruptions they create.

If you are meeting, structure an agenda that leads to a decision being made right then. Use other methods of communication to disseminate information and updates.