Of course communication in relevant meetings will always belong to the key functions of management. But not all sort of meetings are necessary. Sometimes the sequential communication in meetings can lead to worse results than using other forms of communication.
Point 3 in her list:
This somehow reminds of this older "hold a meeting" graphic. We created latershare to provide a tool to avoid certain meetings and make the collected input of people available simultaneously for all group members. To save time and improve team efficiency.
- Overdependence on meetings: “Collaborative” and “inclusive” are corporate buzzwords, but productive teamwork does not require meetings for every single action or decision. People become overwhelmed and ineffective when they are always stuck in meetings. This signals that politics have taken precedence over productivity.
Point 5 in her list:
Meetings can be great for brainstormings since people can build ideas on input of other people. With the influences of hierarchy, rivalry, shyness and time limitation, these brainstorming and creation processes can lead to suboptimal outcomes. So why not take advantage of latershare to collect the input and make it available to the group? Optionally, based on the results, a meeting can still be called, which most likely will be shorter and will lead to better results.
- Management acts as judge, not jury: If the purpose of a meeting is to think, create, or build, management has to stop tearing people down when they propose new ideas or question the status quo. This signals a lack of perspective and openness.