Last Updated on October 23, 2022

I wrote a Medium post called How to save your team from meeting misery a while back.

It’s common to hear people say that meetings are a “waste of time“, but this is an overcorrection.
Meetings aren’t inherently bad.
Bad meetings are bad. Good meetings are good.
Bad meetings are miserable. You can turn the dial down on meeting misery if you give these three things to meeting invitees.

Here’s the full post.

The 1:1 Meeting

A 1:1 meeting is a regular meeting time where the leader meets with a team member individually. It’s very important. It can be short, and doesn’t have to be every single week, but sticking to the time when it’s booked is key.

This is a really useful set of questions to avoid repetitive 1:1 meetings and elicit what people really think. I’m always surprised by how candid my team has been with me if I’ve just been willing to ask…

From The Hard Thing About Hard Things:

  • If we could improve in any way, how would we do it?
  • What’s the No. 1 problem with our organization? Why?
  • What’s not fun about working here?
  • Who is really kicking ass in the company?/Who do you admire?
  • If you were me, what changes would you make?
  • What don’t you like about the product?
  • What’s the biggest opportunity that we’re missing out on?
  • What are we not doing that we should be doing?
  • Are you happy working here?