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More meetings? Here’s why … and how

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In his new book, Death by Meeting, Patrick Lencioni actually argues for more meetings than you hold right now: daily five-minute updates, weekly tactical reviews, monthly strategy sessions and quarterly, off-site idea festivals.

Here are the rules:
  • Start on time. Put the most important items first on the agenda… and go, go, go. That will put fannies in seats. 
  • Encourage conflict. Great meetings stir the pot. Let people speak. Consensus is optional.
  • Pluck the wallflowers. The only way to develop really meaningful discussions is to solicit thoughts from the quieter people, putting their ideas on the table.
  • Don’t overdo it. You can’t see the forest and the trees at the same time. Focus tightly on one set of issues.
  • Stick to it. It sounds like pure hell, but five-minute daily meetings—if they’re simply rapid-fire updates, held standing up—can keep a team on track.
— Adapted from “Two Words You Never Hear Together: ‘Great Meeting!’” Michael Prospero, Fast Company.

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