How many meetings have you attended when, five minutes after ending, you realized no decisions were made? Frankly, I have attended too many. It’s a miracle any substantive work gets done in organizations that don’t encourage people to properly manage meetings!
In a recent LinkedIn post (“How Do You End a Meeting? Netflix’s HR Rebel Asks Two Simple Questions“), Bob Sutton, Stanford Professor and Co-author of “Scaling Up Excellence”, challenges us to halt that all-to-frequent situation.
Please, do read the article, but here’s the answer in short:
As your next meeting winds down, make sure that you’ve answered these parting questions:
“Have we made any decisions in the room today, and (if we have) how are we going to communicate them?”