A bit presumptuous, but I'll back it up.
I previously posted an article on the "system" problem locking lousy meetings in place.
One set of "players" in that system are the meeting organizers. Maybe that is you.
You know what the meeting best practices are. Everyone does. It is not like they are some well kept corporate secret known only to HR.
But neither you nor other organizers practice them with any kind of consistency.
Try saying it out loud: "No matter what I think or say, my actions indicate I really don't care whether my meetings are effective or not."
There are multiple reasons but the bottom line is in the title of this post. You don't care whether your meetings are effective nor whether others think your meetings are a good use of time.
I said I would prove it.
Here are five questions; see how many you can say 'yes' to:
Can't say yes to all five? How about two? If you cared about meeting effectiveness, team productivity, and how you were using others' time, wouldn't you be able to say 'yes' to a couple of those questions?
Not likely to change until you face it. So try saying this out loud: "No matter what I think or say, my actions indicate I really don't care whether my meetings are effective or not."
Ouch. That can't feel good.
If you don't like how that sounds, it's not hard to fix.
It's as easy as 1-2-3, without the two and the three. Just move the needle on any of those five questions.
Dennis Adsit, Ph.D. is the President of Adsum Insights and designer of The “Me” in Meetings™ a short, no-nonsense training course for leaders or organizations who are sick and tired of living with the lost productivity and complaints about ineffective meetings.
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