To Meet or Not to Meet? That is the Question.

Managers… There is a critical question you must ask yourself every day: Is this important enough to meet face to face about?  Really, I don’t have the answer for you but what I will say is, if you think that an email would only bring numerous common questions from everyone, meet.  But if it’s a meeting just to check in and see what is on everyone’s agenda for the day, that can be emailed.  Now, once a week, that’s fine.  But a daily agenda meeting is unnecessary for two reasons: 1) Why do I care what Billy Bob has on his agenda?  and 2) If I didn’t finish something on my agenda from yesterday, it will spill over to today (or maybe yesterday’s project was a 2-day project and now you’re cutting into my time to work on it).  Either way, make sure that your team meetings, though they should be regular, are not too frequent and are productive.  Set a time limit (15 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of your team and the level of importance).  Too long meetings are how your team gets disengaged and your leadership starts being called into question.

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