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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.

Chief Pot Stirrer @thinkspace


  • Henry Louis

    January 5, 2012

    Nice quote. As mentioned here, if we meet to discuss, then automatically we may get a decision from that discussion. I like this post.

  • Johnr

    January 10, 2012

    And remove the chairs – standing room only 🙂

  • Sabra_PdM

    January 11, 2012

    I was surprised to see how old that article is — very relevant today!

  • kadeeirene

    January 11, 2012

    I like this – I think too much time is wasted in meetings with people adding bits that don’t need to be there. Meeting after meeting it’s hard to get things done, especially if you’re not moving forward together as a group. Thanks for sharing

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