(1) the first consideration for meetings is whether to call one at all;
(2) avoid meandering sessions;
(3) pay close attention to who is invited and avoid making meetings large;
(4) start and end meetings on time;
(5) encourage others to give their views, even if it may ruffle some feathers;
(6) “Nothing betrays imbecility so much as insensitivity to it”;
(7) keep in mind that when new ideas are broached in a meeting, there is often an instinctive and immediate opposition;
(8) when ending a meeting, make a practice of summarizing the salient points and take-aways, making sure that all participants know precisely what actions you intend to be taken and by whom.
Read the article here.
Good stuff. I already ordered Rumsfeld’s book, “Rumsfeld’s Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War and Life.” It’s added to my already-exponentially-growing summer reading list.