February 16, 2017

At the end


“Man! That was a useful meeting. We covered so much ground. Brilliant! Thanks. Bye.”

At the end of meetings, especially the kind of that are truly necessary – rather than merely reporting, entirely redundant or for ego polishing – everybody is tired and looking for the escape hatch so they can get to another meeting or go and actually do something. And that means rushing things at the end.


Take an extra two minutes to flush disagreements, brighten grey areas, create a collective memory of what went down.

“Brilliant! Thanks.

“We agreed this and this and this. There’s a bit of work to do on this other thing. Bill and Beth will finish that thing by the 4th. Bev is going to report back on Tuesday and we’ll all meet again in three weeks. OK? Good. Did I miss anything? Great. Thanks. Bye.”

Skippy strategy: Treat the end like a beginning.