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Biggest Productivity Killers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 22, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 30, 2013

Most people agree that meeting schedules can kill productivity. How can I lead and be involved in more productive meetings?

Jeff Weiner, CEO at LinkedIn recently published the article, A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings.He shares how at his company, LinkedIn has eliminated the presentation part of meetings. Instead materials are sent out 24 hours ahead of time so attendees can review and prepare for the meeting in advance. His suggestions include:
  1. Start meeting with a 5-10 minute chance for attendees to review or re-read their material.
  2. Open up a discussion, eliminating the presentation part of the meeting.
  3. Strive to dig into the subject, sharing real opinions rather than rehashing or listening to talking points by those who have prepared the material.

TIP:In addition to replacing presentations with discussions, Jeff also recommends these practices for effective meetings:
  1. Define the objective of the meeting.
  2. Identify who is driving the meeting (only 1 person can drive), keeping the conversation relevant and preventing someone from talking to much.
  3. Make sure everyone is on the same page with words and concepts used.
  4. Assign someone to take notes, confirming what was discussed and agreed to, as well as for those who weren't able to attend.
  5. Summarize key actions, deliverables or points of accountability.
  6. Ask if attendees found it valuable, and what can you do better in the future.

Click on this link to read the full article==>A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings.

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