October 12: On Good Meetings

The three elements of a great meeting.

Source: The Observer Effect
Published: October 2020

On Good Meetings

From Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify:

“A great meeting has three key elements:

  1. the desired outcome of the meeting is clear ahead of time

  2. the various options are clear, ideally ahead of time

  3. the roles of the participants are clear at the time

I often find that meetings lack one of those elements.

The largest source of optimization for a company is the makeup of their meetings. It’s not about fewer meetings because meetings serve a purpose. Rather, it’s key to improve the meetings themselves.

A lot of my efforts focus on teaching people this framework.”


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