Monday morning meeting primer

Matt Wagner, SBJ Reporter

Mondays are bad enough without meetings, so I feel for you if your week begins in the fluorescently lit belly of that monster that swallows minutes, then hours of your workday.

Well, at least one columnist thinks it’s high time to hold those in charge of meetings accountable for what’s accomplished – or, more commonly, not accomplished – in those notorious workplace time warps.

Reid Hastie, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, recently wrote in the New York Times that those who regularly attend meetings should assign credit or blame to the person in charge, depending on the outcome. Hastie goes so far as to call for a conference-room coup if the leader can’t get the job done.

“If people have track records of leading ineffective meetings, don’t let them lead future sessions,” he writes.

Easier said than done.

Unfortunately, Hastie doesn’t offer any tips for ousting the meeting chieftain, who is most likely your boss.

Still, most of his musings are valid and worth a read, especially if you’re headed into that dreaded meeting. Best of luck!


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