Meetings are often a waste of time and considerable resources. Fortunately, some innovative companies have discovered ways to make the most of meetings. Here are some best practices shared by the folks at 99U:
- All meetings must have a stated purpose or agenda. Without an agenda, meetings can easily turn into aimless social gatherings rather than productive working sessions.
- Attendees should walk away with concrete next steps or Action Items.
- The meeting should have an end time.
Many of these rules have been implemented by successful and fast-growing technology companies such as Apple and Google. Somewhat related is how the giants in the tech industry are embracing innovative sustainable building practices in the design and construction of new facilities.