This cast describes an even more basic model for effective meetings than in our original guidance.
We all go to lots of meetings, and most of them are terrible. They start late, they don't have an agenda, they get off track, they waste time. They finish late, but you can't leave early even if you have another meeting. Why is it that a meeting leader gets to stare daggers at someone who leaves when the meeting's supposed to be over, even though she didn't have a plan, didn't structure the time, and didn't cut off the same two people who like to bloviate?
And yet, even though many professionals beg us to solve their meeting purgatory, when we ask them, many say, I haven't done the whole effective meetings thing, either. We've been thinking about why, and asking folks why they haven't. A lot of you have been telling us that there's too much on the list.
So, we've shortened the list for all those of you who think that our previous prescription was too much to ask. But after this, you're on your own. ;-)