It’s not too many meetings. It’s a preparation thing.

Preparation, not meeting overload, is the key to effective team performance.

How often have you said, “I’m in too many meetings,” or thought, “This meeting could have been an email”?

What causes people to feel like this? Of course, a variety of reasons get all the attention. This post will not regurgitate those too often–blamed dynamics. Instead, we’ll point to a few difficult-to-swallow yet remediable dynamics.

To put it plainly, we find a lack (or sporadic demonstration) of specific skills, a mediocre commitment to preparation, and devoid of high-performance standards and accountability to be the culprits. The manifestation of any one of these variables reinforces the others.


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