Meeting Madness

Day One of the meetings that will not die actually ended
early yesterday when the Adobe file the speaker was looking for
couldn’t be found. This probably wasn’t related to the fact
there were over 20 files in the directory with descriptive
names like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

I’ve talked about meetings and how if you don’t use tools
such as written agendas and facilitation you end up wasting a
lot of people’s time. Such is the case, so far, in the three
day marathon of meetings I’m attending this week. The meetings
focus on deciding which legal forms to use in the Judiciary’s
new court information system. Each island uses different forms
and the intent is, where possible, to consolidate on one
version. Remarkably, progress is being made but is awfully slow
going because of the lack of focus that naturally occurs when
you bring over 25 people together to discuss anything.

Oh well, if you ever have to lead a meeting, make sure you
know how to use facilitation because, if you do, you can make
things flow much faster and end up with a product that is
better than if you didn’t use facilitation.

Speaking of which, I gotta’ go.



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