Let’s assume – for sake of example – that there were 8 people in your meeting. Let’s also assume the meeting lasted 1 hour. This means that your meeting lasted 8 hours.
Huh? Yep. This meeting lasted 8 hours. You see, you took 8 people away from their job for an hour… meaning 8 hours of potential personal productivity was lost during this 1 hour meeting.
Most people don’t think of it this way. They should.
You see, I’m convinced that organizations around the world could radically improve personal productivity by simply slashing down the number, and duration, of their meetings.
Think of it as applying the principles of Quick Changeover or SMED to the way meetings are run.
Can we be more prepared? Can we stand during the meeting instead of getting all comfy in those soft leather chairs? Can we completely eliminate non value added meetings called by the boss who justifies his or her existence by holding 4 hour staff meetings each week?
What’s radical productivity improvement you ask? I feel very comfortable saying a 25% improvement in personal productivity is possible right off the top. Maybe more.
Do you agree?