Hi there! I hope that you are all well,
Laya Pelzner, Associate Director of Synagogue Services, forwarded me a fascinating article about how much time we waste in meetings: http://www.pastors.com/blogs/ministrytoolbox/archive/2011/02/08/are-you-spending-too-much-time-in-meetings.aspx. Amazing, 65% of all pastors spend over 50 hours a week in meetings. Knowing how much Jews love meetings, I imagine Rabbis and synagogue leadership could potentially spend around 80 hours a week in meetings. That is simply too much precious time that could be better spent on making a real difference. I am not anti-meetings, but there is a right way to have them. Here are some keys to running more productive meetings:
1. Clarify the purpose ahead of time.
2. Start and end on time.
3. Be tough with staying on task.
4. Develop a meeting roadmap, e.g. where you plan to me at each 20 minute interval (adapt for alternative length meetings).
5. Keep discussions local and save the broader discussions for email exchanges.