Work Meetings, the Lego Death Star and Instant Gratification

You hand over some money in a coffee shop, you get a caffeine fix. You make the downpayment on a car, you get a car. You put in the work building a Lego Death Star, you get a Lego Death Star. For most things in life, when you put in the work, you expect some kind of return. It doesn’t have to be big, but most people like to see a tangible result of the effort they put in or the price they pay. The coffee, the car, the Lego Death Star, they’re instantly gratifying because you have them and can see them.

But this kind of return, call it a reward if you like, isn’t happening in our meetings. If it was, our meetings would be gratifying. With a meeting, even if it goes well, the result is rarely that satisfying. It often feels like all we get is more work.

Why You’re Likely to Attend Another Irrelevant Meeting

In a world obsessed with productivity and innovation, why are so many of us still willing to sit through poorly planned, badly executed, irrelevant meetings? Why do we accept pouring precious time down the drain, in meetings with no clear objectives, all while knowing that none of the key points raised will be capitalized on?

A good meeting, that is to say, one which involves the right people, and where the objective is clear and met, can be a great thing.

But think about the meetings you’ve been in over the past six months. How many were honestly worth your time? With the rise in popularity of apps and technologies in almost every aspect of worklife , it seems ludicrous that many of us still can’t organize effective, relevant meetings. So why is that?