by Ted Cockle
The past few weeks at work we have had a number of rather large meetings. It was ironic, then, that I came across the image to the right (via).
This got me thinking. Going into last week, meetings were some of my favorite parts of the work week. But my perspective changed a bit. This led me to create a list featuring the pros and cons of meetings (below).
The Pro’s and Con’s of Meetings
With these thoughts in mind I think I still fall on the side of loving meetings. I feel as though the cons are mostly “possibilities;” whereas, the most of the pros are all but guaranteed to happen (unfortunately this isn’t the case with food).
So what should we learn from all this? A big thing that we see here is that the success or failure of a meeting is largely dependent upon the person leading it. Does the leader cast a vision for what the meeting is about as well as the meeting itself? Are the points of discussion clearly stated? Do these clearly stated points actually get discussed? Therefore, as a good leader, one must understand the possibility of the “cons” and learn to avoid them. Also, the leader of the meeting should bring food and a chart to point at. But seriously. Avoid the cons, and bring food.