I’m fascinated by productivity. Making things actually happen, instead of pondering endlkessly is a huge step forward for any manager.
When I was in Australia recently, I met up with Dr Ken Hudson, from The Speed Thinking Zone. Ken’s premise is that things take way too long and there is a better way.
Hudson’s Law of Meetings
February 27, 2009
In 1955, Cyril Northcote Parkinson suggested, in a tongue in cheek way, what has since become known as Parkinsons Law. It states:
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
I would like to suggest that this be updated for meetings in what i have called Hudson’s Law of Meetings:
Meetings expand to the time set for the meeting.
Think about it. Have you ever been at a meeting when someone says, well we have the meeting room booked for the next hour why don’t we stay till then. Why should you? If the meeting is over the meeting is over.
Why do most of us feel guilty about having a shorter meeting or one that finishes early? In a recent workshop we covered all we had to do and i suggested that we finish early. One person started to complain about this.
Why I asked?
Why don’t you use the extra time to go to the gym or see your kids or go to a movie?
If Hudson’s rule is valid then we should think seriously about the amount of time we spend in meetings. Why are all our meetings at least one hour? Why aren’t these half an hour?
Imagine how much time you could free up and how more productive and enjoyable your life could be.
Ken’s thinking is fast paced, as you might expect. I like his stuff and I want to know more, despite Australia being quite a hike from where I am.
I think you might like to check it out too, right here at The Speed Thinking Zone