Driving home from our The Third Club Lunch Düsseldorf where we – among others – spoke about the advantage of a qualitative vs a quantitative business approach, I remembered a post from Ken Segall I read a few days ago.
This is the essence, but please do read his full post:
"Apple co-founder, the late Steve Jobs, actively resisted any behavior he believed representative of the way big companies think — even though Apple had been a big company for many years. When he called a meeting or reported to a meeting, his expectation was that everyone in the room would be an essential participant. Spectators were not welcome.
This was based on the somewhat obvious idea that a smaller group would be more focused and motivated than a large group, and smarter people will do higher quality work.
How many overpopulated meetings do you sit through during the course of a year? How many of those meetings get sidetracked or lose focus in a way that would never occur if the group were half the size?
How to Have a Great Meeting
1. Throw out the least necessary person at the table.
2. Walk out of this meeting if it lasts more than 30 minutes.
3. Do something productive today to make up for the time you spent here."
This will be a great way to start your own quality-instead-of-quantity approach to business tomorrow.