rumsFantastic article in The Wall Street Journal by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on rules for meetings. Good reading for anyone in leadership, not least pastors and elders.

(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.