Meetings can be the most unproductive things that we dedicate our day and schedules to and yet we spend an inordinate amount of time in them.
And yet, despite everyone’s general agreement about this fact and reality we still spend a ton of time in them when a better philosophy and practice is desperately needed.
Perhaps we can attack it from a different angle, perhaps we can simply do something like calling them different names? Perhaps it’s just semantics, but perhaps there’s something to it:
Meetings with just two people aren’t meetings. They’re conversations. Whereas meetings with ample attendee lists need an agenda, plenty of preparation, and a clear articulable purpose, we need not be as rigorous with one-on-one discussions. They’re not weapons of mass interruption and humans are naturally good at them. So keep conversations casual and hold them as often as you’d like.
Hmm. I love the quote right after that from Peter Drucker:
One either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time.
Isn’t that so true.
I’m game for doing whatever it takes to get to a place where we’re spending more time building great stuff and less time just talking about it. Sure, sure, we need meetings to figure out what we need to build, but even those, I believe, can be “work” meetings where everyone’s hacking away building stuff, building community, and heck, perhaps even eating at the same time…
“Stacking” activities like this is a real thing, by the way.