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Thursday
Apr122018

"When We're Late To the Next Meeting" Is Not a Good Answer

One of the questions I’m somewhat infamous for asking at the beginning of a meeting is “How will we know when we can leave?”

At work, many people have heard me do this before, so I no longer get quite the strange looks that I used to. When I need to explain, this is the longer version of the question:

We’re presumably having this meeting to accomplish something or to create some output. Once we’ve done that, the meeting will have fulfilled its purpose, and that point the meeting doesn’t need to continue. It’s not clear to me what we’re trying to accomplish. Could we clearly define that so we can all understand what we’re being asked to contribute to?

I have some tips for avoiding having anyone have to ask this, but first, I’m curious: How often are you in meetings that would benefit from this question (in either the long or short form) being asked?