I enjoy Seth’s blog, it’s predominately insightful and often inspirational… I receive it via email every morning, although I’ve still got over 200 of them that I’ve not read! but regardless of that I’d still recommend you read his blog.
Anyway I stumbled across one of his recent entries this morning and it reminded me of something I wrote last year about meetings, are they worthwhile, are you investing your time properly, but Seth takes it a step further and asks “Are you doing work worth doing, or are you just doing your job?”
Now that’s a good question
We’ve all been there, sitting in a meeting wondering “Why am I here exactly?”
If you’re asking yourself, what’s the point of all this, what’s the outcome? Then your meeting will be a complete failure (for you at least), so stop now! Don’t confuse the purpose of an agenda, it isn’t there as a check list for you to tick off what you need to discuss, it’s there to be a guide to what your outcomes are.
Don’t start a meeting without clearly defined outcomes, or letting everyone know what they are, as you’ll be wasting everybody’s time, and never finish a meeting with a list of things to discuss next time. Your outcomes need to be actionable and most of all, actioned… and if having a meeting will stop you or anyone else getting things done, don’t have a meeting, sitting around talking about things won’t get them done!
They say, “Those that do, do, while those that don’t, teach.” there may be some element of truth in that, I don’t know, but I say, “Those that do, do, while those that don’t, have meetings.”
Something must be in the air, as within a couple of hours of writing my piece above Seth releases this (or is he reading my blog?)