Is your workplace culture caught up in meeting decisions? Decisions that are always contingent on holding a meeting?
Meetings often feel necessary and certainly, many of them probably are. Meeting effectiveness matters because too many details, a lack of fact-finding, or the wrong people at the meeting can derail even the best intentions.
Most of the best work that you do comes when you find the right balance. The balance between too much and too little, too authoritarian or too relaxed, and even too fast or too slow.
In the smallest of businesses, the owner makes the decisions. There is a time to contemplate and study, and also a time to act. The owner can, at his or her descrestion, act fast.
Big companies have different hurdles. The decision-making process is often slower, seemingly more calculated, and often tied up with too many people having a hand in the pot.
Decision quality is often a concern. One side believes the decision was made too soon and without enough information. The other side believes there was analysis paralysis and too many details.
Who really suffers?
Ultimately, it is likely the customer who suffers the most.
They have to deal with delays, less quality, and often rising prices.
Who has the bigger advantage? The big company or the small company?
While the big company has more market share and thus exposure and reputation, the smaller company is nimbler and more flexible. Decisions mean outcomes and outcomes mean action.
Your next decision and the time it wastes or maximizes may not only be holding you up, but it may also be holding you back.
Are you surfing the status quo or are you blazing a trail for future success?
It’s probably a balancing act.
Ending the meeting or holding one will help you find the right balance.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.