I go to a lot of meetings. Many weeks I attend more than thirty of them. Thirty meetings in one week. They're all important; some are even mission critical (remember that term?). But what actually gets done in those endless hours behind closed doors? Sometimes I'm not sure. Yes, face-to-face communication is simply the best way to share information, but is it always necessary? I don't think so, and I now recognize that I need to take action instead of continuing to talk about it.
I've decided to try something new over the next few weeks. I'm going to attempt to cut my weekly meeting count in half, on average, going forward. This may take some doing, some delegating, and some hard decision-making on my part to simply turn down meeting requests. The difficult part of this plan is that I'm not willing to sacrifice the perception of good service to my customers. Hmm...I hope they're as open to using technology as I am.
Why Such A Big Deal?
As my organization grows, I seem to find myself connecting with more people, in more locations than ever before. In order to provide the best service possible, I can't be unavailable.
"Simply because someone doesn't work on the same campus as me, does not mean they don't deserve the same level of attention and support. I need to be available in person, via phone, and electronically in equal parts."
How About You
How have you balanced the crush of requests for meetings with the need to support your other clients across the entire organization? What worked? What didn't?
I'd love to hear from you.
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