When you have internal meetings try to keep them short. I often see meeting in small organisations that linger on and on, often even about non – business issues. Large corporations have often the shortest meetings at director level, while lower down in the organisation the meetings go on and on, too. Don’t waste your valuable 9 to 5 business time like that.
Look at you calendar and write next to each meeting how long it should take and stick too it.
While it is important to socialize, you have to make sure your tasks get done on time, so calling a meeting for ten minutes to just discuss the issue at hand will instill a sense of urgency and focus into the participants of the meeting. If you allow the meeting to drag on, by the time it’s over nobody remembers what the meeting was about.
Let me say it with the words of the British chairman of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd. Arthur Bryan, who had this advice for any small business:
The key is not to spend time, but using it.
Remember this is a rule for internal meetings, for meetings with customers this rule does not apply – within reason of cause. The customer should determine the length of the meeting. Suppliers will probably thank you for short meetings, so they too can get more done.
Meet with coworkers after work for bowling or golf, that will build your team spirit and give your team the social time needed. ST.