I usually have a point of view about the things I write about. I’m not so sure about this topic. There seems to be an interesting concept gaining steam in the United States, actually around the world.
The concept is No Meeting Fridays. That means all business meetings are held on Monday thru Thursday. No exceptions. Not even lunch meetings on Friday. No Zoom meetings, no one on ones, no performance reviews, no conference calls. No meetings means no meetings. Period.
No meeting Fridays is about full “getting it done” productivity. No presentations to sit through, no PowerPoint to stare at. It’s about accomplishing as much as possible to finish the week exceptionally strong.
One of the immediate benefits to this that I see is an opportunity to turn off the “always on” mentality that comes with the typical business meeting environment. There’s no need to look a certain way or sound a certain way, no need to fight to be noticed.
I like that part of No Meeting Fridays.
I’m not sure it’s practical. It is a fact that an awful lot of business meetings are unproductive, no matter the day of the week. If you’re working someplace that has a good meeting strategy, one that requires agendas and objectives for meetings, then your meetings will be productive. If your company carefully considers who should be in meetings, so no unnecessary participants are included, then your meetings will be even more productive. Even on Fridays.
If your company is a “let’s get a meeting on the calendar” with a Willy Nilly approach to meetings then you would be better off having a No Meeting On Any Day that Ends in “Y” policy.
So what do you think about No Meeting Fridays? The idea has merit so long as people have the discipline to actually make use of the “meeting free” time to get stuff done. If it’s only a day to coast into the weekend then I’d be dead set against it.
What about you?
On a completely different subject…I’m trying something new out over on Twitter. It’s called “Super Followers.” For $5 a month, that’s 17 cents a day, people can follow a part of my Twitter stream that is for subscribers only. It features short videos of me discussing the kind of things I tweet and blog about. But the best part is I’m assuming there will be far fewer Super Followers than regular followers. That will give me the opportunity to answer questions more throughly than I can on regular Twitter. Most of the answers will come in the evening cause we all have day jobs, right? Think of it as ”mentoring on demand!”
You can find more information by clicking the Super Follow button on my Twitter profile page IN THE TWITTER APP. http://twitter.com/leadtoday Give it a try if you’re so inclined, I can’t promise it will last for a long time but I can promise the content will be helpful as long as it does.