One mediocre meeting after another quietly corrodes our organization, and every day we allow it to happen.
Over time, we've become nonchalant about bad meetings. If an operating room were as sloppily run as our meetings, patients would die. If a restaurant kitchen put as little planning into a meal as we put into our meetings, dinner would never be served.
Our meetings have evolved into something else entirely. We've fallen victim to mediocre meetings, not about coordination but about bureaucratic excuse making and the kabuki dance of company politics. We're now addicted to meetings that insulate us from the work we ought to be doing.
In a world with fewer meetings, we'd have more time for our real work, the work we do that actually propels our organization forward.