Why it's so hard to change meeting culture
Meeting patterns have worn a DEEP groove into our corporate psyche.
If you’ve tried to improve your meeting culture and not managed to make a big dent, I'm not surprised.
Or perhaps things got better for a while and then went back to how they were before.
Here are 6 reasons people find them so hard to change.
- It’s hard to find the time to do anything new in meetings when you’re already maxed out in so many meetings.
- Changing something in a meeting is taking a risk in public. Privately changing your morning routine is hard enough.
- You have to get other people to do something different too. It's a mini-change process in its own right. And is it just me, or is this harder when it’s your own team who know you well?
- There aren’t really many examples of what great looks like to model improvements on. But a lot of examples of mediocrity to keep deepening that groove.
- No one owns meeting culture. It’s not on a budget line item or in anyone’s job description.
- Meetings are a systems problem. You need to figure out how to influence the system - not just impose some isolated interventions that take a lot of corporate willpower.
My answer? Run safe experiments.
👉 They probe what might work better with little effort
👉 They are less personally risky than making big public changes
👉 You don't have to own meeting culture or have a budget
👉 You can get people involved in what experiment to try next
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