A recent survey by Harvard Business review found that a single weekly executive meeting eats up a 300,000 hours a year. How much of that time is consumed by rambling executive monologues and cheesy presentation slides? Bust out of bad meeting purgatory and into productivity paradise with meeting tips from these elite CEO’s.
Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn)
Before getting to business, ask everyone to share a personal victory & a professional achievement from the last week to give meetings positive energy from the start.
Ed Catmull (Pixar)
Eureka moments are rare: better to take a lackluster idea with potential and refine it. Creating an open atmosphere where people can share those ugly first takes without judgment and improve them as a team is impressive to success – and a healthy group dynamic.
Jeff Bezos (Amazon)
Don’t settle into consensus solely because it’s the easiest and most comfortable solution. Challenge each other and debate all sides before reaching a decision. Ask others for their opinions, or ask two people to debate the pros and cons of a big decision.
Marissa Mayer (Yahoo)
Most meetings involve making decisions-meaning lots of discussion. So require anyone who proposes a new idea to provide data to back it up. Decisions can be made quickly based solely on numbers, not opinions.
Larry Page (Google)
Page Rules: No more than 10 people in a meeting. Every meeting needs a decision maker: and no decisions should wait for a meeting to happen. you’ll be stuck waiting for everyone’s schedules to align before we can move forward.
Gary Vaynerchuk (Entrepreneur)
If you schedule a 1-hour meeting, you’ll inevitably fill that time. If you plan a 15-minute meeting, you’ll find a way to get the important stuff done. Keep every meeting short, focused, and efficient.
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