Management Tip of the Day: Abolish "great" meetings

Thu Dec 2, 2010 11:08am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Having a "great" meeting often means that everyone in the room agreed on a topic without debate or discomfort. Not good, says Harvard Business Review: true results come from complex and challenging processes.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Having a 'great meeting' often means that everyone in the room agreed on a topic without debate or discomfort. Yet, most great ideas are born from conflict and differences of opinion, rather than effortlessly run meetings.

Next time you are organizing a meeting, don't focus on making it go smoothly. Instead, pay attention to moving your business objective forward. Only invite people who truly have a stake in the goal, not those who have a territorial claim or just want to be heard.

Good results come from complex, iterative, and challenging processes. Rather than making sure your ideas and discussion fit perfectly into the hour time frame, be willing to leave the issue unresolved and have another 'bad' meeting to follow up."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Be Brave: Have a Bad Meeting" by Dan Burrier.