Are you, too, spending too much time in meetings?
It is as if the world has gone crazy: at work these days, people seem to spend more time in meetings than actually working...
(see also Meeting Marathoners and Email Maniacs)
You may not be able to avoid all meetings, but you can make them more effective and efficient by simply listening — but wait: listening is not as simple as it sounds. I mean really listening. You may have heard about active listening many times, but most managers think they are better listeners than they actually are.
In the Harvard Business Review below is a great four step process to become a better listener — and thus a better leader, not only in meetings.
4. Consider how your point of view relates to what’s been said. This is the key step many individuals skip. Many times, the biggest thing getting in our way of listening is waiting to interject with our own point of view. Instead, allow other views to shape your perspective. “I have to think about how my thinking intersects with what I just heard,” says Elana. Her opinion then becomes informed by what others have said, and it lets her build on the ideas of others. Instead of hastily blurting out a counterargument, consider how your points relate to what has just been said and any other research that may have come to light in the meeting. Aim to make your response build on what’s been said, so it becomes a fuller discussion.