10 reasons to stop meeting

By: www.BusinessClassInc.com
May 24, 2011

10 by 10 on TuesdaysThis week’s Quick List* is a companion to our Quote of the Week which is:  

A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted.”  James Kirk

I don’t believe that about ALL meetings, do you?   A meeting can be a great opportunity to build morale, productivity and overall performance.  Then again, as you see from the quote above and the ones below, they can send all of that to the gutter.

How to keep the good and dump the bad?  We’ll be sharing tips on that next week.

Will you help by participating in our quick survey?  Here is a link to it

Meanwhile, in case you need some motivation for yourself or others to do something about meetings in your office, these quotes may help.

1.   “Our meetings are held to discuss many problems which would never arise if we held fewer meetings.”  Ashleigh Brilliant

2. “Any simple problem can be made insoluble if enough meetings are held to discuss it.”  Unknown

3.  “A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.”  Fred Allen, US Supreme Court Justice

4. “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’.”  Dave Barry

5.  “My hobby of not attending meetings about recycling saves more energy than your hobby of recycling.”  John McCarthy

6.  “A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled. Barnett Cocks

7. “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.”  Thomas Sowell

8.  “Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.”  John Kenneth Galbraith

9. “The real process of making decisions, of gathering support, of developing opinions, happens before the meeting or after.”  Terrence Deal

10.  “Endless meetings, sloppy communications and red tape steal the entrepreneur’s time.”  James Hayes

Brutal, huh?

But let’s don’t stop meeting.

Let’s just stop long, boring, unproductive meetings.

Tips for that coming next week.

Will you contribute? Here is a link .

* This weekly feature is for managers who don’t have time or don’t want to make time to read lengthy articles or even short paragraphs. We call it a Quick List. AKA – 10 by 10 on Tuesday. 10 ( ideas or tips or questions or steps or ways to Get 2 Goal or Be a Better Manager, etc) by 10 (AM – EST) on Tuesdays. Click here if you’d like to see all Quick Lists created to date.


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