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We tolerate meetings that don't stay on track because we tell ourselves there is nothing we can do - that we can't interrupt because it would be rude. We also worry that we might be rejected, so we sit through long meetings.
Elon Musk once wrote an email to his staff saying that they should walk out of a meeting if it's evident that they aren't adding value. It's rude to make someone stay and waste time.
Imagine you're in a meeting when some colleagues start having a side conversation that dominates the meeting.
However, meetings are often frustrating. Most of the time, the same people who do all the talking. They often derail the meeting and make it take longer than planned.
Similarly, it's always the same people who are quiet, and there is a concern that the lack of engagement will affect good team commitments.
Most of us will struggle to stay focused during very long meetings - our attention is going to wander after an hour.
Long meetings could be a sign of failure of leadership to run efficient meetings. To change that, consider these questions:
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