“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be: meetings.” Does that quote, from Dave Barry resonate with you? We’ve all been there. The staff meeting that goes on and on, usually with one person enjoying the sound of their voice a little bit too much. “Employees hate meetings because they reveal that self-promotion, sycophancy, dissimulation and constantly talking nonsense in a loud confident voice are more impressive than merely being good at the job”, claims Michael Foley, in his book ‘Embracing the Ordinary: Lessons From the Champions of Everyday Life‘.
In schools, the staff meeting at the end of the day is usually met with an exhausted staff who have been spinning plates all day. At the start of the day, staff cannot wait to leave the meeting ready to get the plates spinning. Attention is not assured!
The folks at fuze.com have graphically illustrated “The Ugly Truth about Meeting”, including tips on making sure that meetings are more productive. Not aimed specifically at educational meetings, there are strands evident in the infograph which are familiar with many staffrooms across the globe. Perhaps you could set up meeting to set an agenda for more meetings about meetings, so you can discuss how to make your meetings more productive!!! Click on the image below to enlarge (and perhaps send to your boss, ready for the next meeting!)