Read This Before Your Next Meeting questioned the overall utility of meetings, arguing that most of them are wasteful unless there’s a strict objective set and the decision has already been made.
“Like war, meetings are a last resort” – Al Pittampalli
Pittampalli also argues to reduce the number of participants. Steve Jobs followed this rule religiously.
Start with small groups of smart people—and keep them small. Every time the body count goes higher, you’re simply inviting complexity to take a seat at the table. (link)
Meetings get in the way of productivity. Obviously, collaboration is critical to making progress and keeping people accountable. But to have a meeting for the sake of it is a time zap.
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