It’s cool to hate meetings

Isn’it COOL to hate #MEETINGS? Too many, too long, not well prepared, poor outcome and poor R.O.T.I., not adressing elefants in the room, I trust you can add to the list.

Actually it’s not so much meetings as such which we dislike or blame, it’s how much they take over our agendas, jeopardize other priorities, sometimes leaving us with the feeling of loosing control. We used to set up some time aside for meetings, now we have to set up time aside in Outlook to do our work, also our thinking work.

What I do observe as a coach is how little permission some leaders are giving themselves to challenge the given. It may feel like moving a whole mountain, overwhelming, discouraging, tiring, hopeless.

COURAGE! Yes, even if you are not the meeting initiator, even when you are attending a meeting you think is necessary, I believe you have room to live up to your leadership role (-model): Question and challenge what is to support the emergence of what could be better.

Remember: Everytime you say YES to a meeting, you say NO to something else, so make sure this choice has been the right one. How will you be challenging the next meeting block? Give yourself permission, get a coach support and a facilitator to lift up meeting’s Return On Invested Time.