Always say no to no agenda meetings

No Agenda, No Meeting

Have you ever been in a meeting and it felt like a total waste of time.

We have all been there, the meeting where Keith from Accounts mutters on for ages, Jenny from Marketing talks and talks and talks and talks and after 90 minutes another meeting is booked in the diary without anything being accomplished.

It is a total waste of life and could be time that you had spent on prospective clients.

As Dave Barry once described meetings as:

“Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate.”

Which, is a tad rude, however he really does capture the sentiment behind all the wasted times in meetings. So what is a great way to ensure that you only have meetings that are really productive?

Ensure that every meeting has an agenda. Now, within some organisations this will be harder to accomplish that others, but quite simply, decline any meeting that does not have an agenda. That way you will avoid those meetings that are destined to be time wasters.

If you cannot avoid the meeting due to this excuse simply create the agenda. That way you will look professional and will keep the meeting on track.

Have stand up meetings

The meeting has now entered its 365th hour and Janice from procurement has asked you a question and you realize that you are not paying attention and that you have been slumped in your chair, you totally zoned out.

Why did you zone out? Because the meeting has gone on for a very long time, mainly because everyone is comfortably sat down.

The cure to long, meandering meetings is to hold ‘stand up meetings’.

Although there maybe some resistance to the idea of a stand up meeting, it really is a wonderful innovation to bring into the workplace.

Every meeting will be quicker, more effective and will end up in more decisions being taken. These are wonderful benefits to have. So why are standing up meetings better?

When everyone is stood up it puts people in a more ‘action’ ordinated mindset because as cavemen or cavewomen we would have been standing up to do all the important action focused things like hunting and wrestling with sabre tooth tigers. By standing up this mindset will come into play during meetings.

When you are standing up your voice sounds different and you talk at a quicker pace, everyone in the room having the meeting will talk at a quicker more punchy pace. Wafflers generally will want to get the meeting over so they can sit down again at their desk and waffle to their work neighbour.

A standing meeting is also really healthy as most recruiters spend a good portion of their day on the phone at their desk sitting on their bums.

Sitting is the new smoking and has huge health risks so everyone will benefit.

So the next time Janice wants a meeting to discuss paperclip purchases recommend a quick stand up meeting.

Super 5 Quotes for Monday

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

“Action is the fundermental key to all success.” – Picasso

“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” Henry Link

“The season of failure is the best time for sowing seeds of success.” – Yogananda Paramahamsa

“Being rich is having money. Being wealthly is having time.” – Margaret Bonnano


Work-Life balance is like a dragon: Its big, its on trend and its a myth

The people who talk about work-life balance and are tell you how amazing it is. How important and vital it is, and how if you do not have work-life balance you are a failure are probably:

1) Lying or

2) Selling you courses or books on work-life balance. There is no balance. There never will be balance because work is important and so is family life.

Balance means that neither receives the focus they deserve.

Sometimes it will get out of kilter. And that’s why what you’ll want to do is you fit your work into your lifestyle and vice-versa.

How I’ve done that is I’ve worked for myself, meaning that I can fit my work around my life and my life around my work. If you’re working for a big corporate, this will never happen.

They may talk about work-life balance, but in reality, everything is geared towards work and not your life.

So if you want to create a life that’s worth living and engaging with, work for yourself so you can intergrate your work into your life.