Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni

I just finished Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni who advocates not that we have too many meetings but too few! The problem, he says, is that we treat all meetings as the same when we should have different types of meetings.

In fact for an executive or operations team, a daily (!) meeting is warranted… but a meeting of only 5 minutes. A weekly staff meeting should be 45-90 minutes to review weekly activities and metrics, and resolve any tactical obstacles and issues. Monthly meetings are 2-4 hours to discuss, analyze, brainstorm, and decide upon critical issues affecting long-term success. And finally, once a quarter, offsite meetings are to review strategy, industry trends, competitive landscape, key personnel, and team development.

Again, his point is not that we have too many meetings but we’re having too many of the wrong meetings. Further, Lencioni proposes that meetings are the real work of today’s businesses. If you feel that your time is wasted in meetings, you should check out this book.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.


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