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Managerless Meetings

Last week my wife mentioned that she had had a day full of meetings at work. But unlike normal, all the management team were off at a different set of meetings. As a result, the meetings actually ran smoothly and painlessly.

Today I had a similar meeting. All the managers that normally attend were either on holiday or had to attend a different meeting. The meeting is scheduled to last one hour. It frequently lasts over an hour and a half. Today we were finished within 25 minutes.

It is not as if we skived off1, we did cover all the items on the agenda. I think the key was that we just covered what we needed to and moved on.

Short and to the points. It is certainly a style that I want to achieve when I chair my first IChemE Scottish Members Group committee meeting next month.

  1. Not actually doing any work.
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