Avionics News November 2015 - 58
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How to make the most of avionics shop meetings
he highlight was the pizza.
Yet they do have a role. It makes sense to make the
Yet wrapped around mealtime was a six-hour, allmost of them, and you should approach these business
hands "training session," where a pair of consultants
functions with the same sense of strategy and goal-setting
revealed - in exquisitely uncomfortable detail - why the
you do any other part of your business. Getting there,
management of the company was a bunch of knuckleheads.
though, takes some thought into why you have meetings
And they had the PowerPoint to prove it.
in the first place - as well as how you can make them betIt may have made the short list of the worst meetings of
ter. Call it studying up on group therapy, and do it to get
all time, and it certainly proved the point that there is no
the most bang for your meeting buck.
such thing as a free lunch.
Undoubtedly, just about everyone
with any miles under his or her tires
Regardless of whether you and your
MEETINGS CAN CONNECT
has a similar story of a meeting
people hate them, meetings aren't
YOU WITH YOUR TROOPS,
gone bad. These staples of workaday
going anywhere - and not because
life - intended to bring a group of
they're a hard-to-ditch tradition.
YOUR MANAGERS WITH
employees together for the good of
Rather, it's because they're the best
THEIR STAFF, AND YOUR
the company - have earned a bad
tool for some things. On the other,
rap, often for good reason.
they're not so useful for others. Your
But that's as unnecessary as it is
first step is recognizing the difference.
unfortunate. Meetings can connect you
As you well know, you might call
with your troops, your managers with
a meeting for a variety of reasons,
their staff, and your team with your
such as status updates, training,
clients. If done well, it's a worthwhile
brainstorming, performance conversathing, for plenty of obvious reasons.
tions or project planning. Whichever
Still, meetings take up a lot of
you schedule, a successful gathering
time, and many employees resent
serves one (and only one) of three
the intrusion when the ends don't justify the means. Your
roles, according to Sharlyn Lauby, author of Essential
results may differ, but the average office worker spends
Meetings Blueprints for Managers: to provide information
about 16 hours a week in meetings, and they consider more
so everyone hears it the same way; to create a mechanism
than 25 percent of that time to be wasted, according to a
for decision-making and buy-in; and to allow discussion or
report in Fast Company magazine. It's small wonder that,
altogether, workers rank meetings as the No. 1 office proWith the first, you avoid wasting time by writing an
ductivity killer, according to a survey by Salary.com.
email or waiting for a reply to an urgent question when a
IF DONE WELL, IT'S A
FOR PLENTY OF