Ah – meeting minutes. They’re a great way to capture key decisions and thoughts throughout a meeting, but sometimes they can take FOREVER to write up (and then you’re left wondering if anyone actually reads them…).
Author Archives: Clare Kemp
The typical working week has its ups and downs. And if you regularly find yourself suffering from “Sunday night blues”, it’s time to ask why and what can be done about it. Because having a positive attitude can help you succeed in day-to-day projects, get a promotion or just generally enjoy your current job more.
The trouble with meetings is that the more time you spend talking about something, the less actually gets done about it. Regular status meetings tend to be the worst culprits for draining productivity – and draining the life out of a team. Even the mere anticipation of them can put a downer on the working day.
The average British employee will endure a staggering 6,240 meetings over the course of a working lifetime. So it’s worrying that recent research reveals three out of five workers think meetings are pointless and held ‘for the sake of it’. On that basis, it’s hardly surprising that 70% admit to regularly zoning out in meetings and one in five claim to have fallen asleep. And this lack of attentiveness can have serious consequences: one in five confess to having made a mistake (a quarter of them ‘monumental clangers’) due to lack of mental presence in meetings.
In today’s hyper-connected world, the kind of leaders who climbed the corporate ladder with a ‘command and control’ style of management can have a hard time adjusting to today’s new workplace realities. Business people are working more collaboratively today than ever before – not just with their colleagues, but with suppliers, customers and other external agencies, too. And because global teams are more dispersed, there’s a reliance on tools and social networks that can put connectivity on steroids.
Conventional wisdom has it that the majority of our communication is non-verbal, and just a small fraction of our meaning is conveyed by what we say. Whether this proportion is strictly accurate or not, our non-verbal behaviour is very powerful indeed, because that’s what people most immediately and emotionally respond to.