An offbeat solution for useless meetings
One reason I became self-employed 20 years ago was to escape meetings. (Alas, that hasn’t proved a foolproof solution because of the hideous ascent of conference calls. But that’s a rant for another day). Most meetings, I found, were aimless and unproductive. And I could never find a way to put a brake on all the pointless posturing and pontificating.
Dom Price of Atlasssian (one of my favorite companies) has a solution that I wish I’d considered. A rubber chicken. Yep, a rubber chicken. In an Inc. column, Price suggests placing the floppy bird in the middle of the meeting table and "when the conversation starts going in circles or off on a tangent, anyone in the room can squawk it to signal it's time to bring things back to center.”
Don’t be chicken, folks. Give this one a try.