Avoid large meetings
Large meetings waste valuable time and energy.
- They discourage debate
- People are more guarded than open
- There’s not enough time for everyone to contribute
Don’t schedule large meetings unless you’re certain they provide value to everyone.
Leave a meeting if you’re not contributing
If a meeting doesn’t require your:
Your presence is useless. It’s not rude to leave a meeting. But it’s rude to waste people’s time.
Forget the chain of command
Communicate with colleagues directly. Not through supervisors or managers. Fast communicators make fast decisions. Fast decisions = competitive advantage.
Be clear, not clever
Avoid nonsense words and technical jargon. It slows down communication. Choose words that are:
- To the point
- Easy to understand
Don’t sound smart. Be efficient.
Ditch frequent meetings
There’s no better way to waste everyone’s time. Use meetings to:
- Attack issues head-on
- Solve urgent problems
But once you resolve the issue, frequent meetings are no longer necessary. You can resolve most issues without a meeting. Instead of meetings:
- Send a text
- Send an email
- Communicate on a discord or slack channel
Don’t interrupt your team’s workflow if it’s unnecessary.
Use common sense
If a company rule doesn’t:
- Make sense
- Contribute to progress
- Apply to your specific situation
Avoid following the rule with your eyes closed. Don’t follow rules. Follow principles.