This is a great video from "Working for the Man" on what often happens in the infamous "brainstorming session." Much of this may seem oddly familiar.
Check out the entire post for some other meeting no-nos. A few I'd add to the list:
- Not reading any of the meeting materials ahead of time, even when they've been supplied well in advance, so that much of the meeting is taken up with repeating what could have been read earlier.
- Not identifying someone to take notes in the meeting (particularly about action steps) so that much of the next meeting can be taken up with arguing about who should have followed up on what from the previous meeting.
- Having a meeting with only a vague idea of its purpose, as if the act of getting together will magically make something happen, although no one is sure what should happen or why.
Any of these sound familiar? What are your meeting pet peeves?
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