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Meetings

You’re in a meeting and

a) everyone agrees, so you all come to a decision quite quickly.  It’s really a no-brainer.

OR

b)  it seems as if everyone has a different view, the meeting drags on and eventually the boss has to make a decision.  He – or she – has the casting vote and in all likelihood votes the way he – or she – would have done before the meeting started.

Don’t you just love making decisions?

After all, isn’t that the point of meetings?  And which meeting process do you prefer?

I hope you said that neither was particularly appealing. Because I’ve got a better idea.

Try wearing a hat

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Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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How expensive is your meetings habit?

How expensive is your meetings habit?

by Moyra Mackie on July 19, 2013

How much of your working week is spent in meetings?

If you are at all average – and I don’t mean that as an insult – at least 50% of your calendar will be taken up with meetings, whether in person or on the phone.

How effective are your meetings?

Though precise calculations of time – and therefore salary hours – spent in unproductive meetings are hard to calculate, one UK study estimates around £26bn ($40bn) is wasted each year in unproductive meetings.

What does each of your meetings cost?

I always encourage my clients to do the following calculation:

Number of meeting participants  x  number of hours spent talking  x average hourly salary of participants  ÷  actions agreed  =  cost  of meeting

Do this and you might discover that an awful lot of meetings are pretty expensive habits.

So where is the senior management memo on improving the ROI of meetings?

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Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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