Less Meetings, More Work (Special Podcast Highlight)

Do you get stressed by all the meetings you have at work? Are you struggling to find time in the day to get stuff done?


John Morales sat down with Harry Kraemer, a seasoned professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University, to dissect Shopify’s bold decision to cut down on meetings. Shopify, the e-commerce giant, has shaken up the corporate world by eliminating all recurring meetings with more than two people and limiting large meetings to once a week. 🗓️


Harry delves into the rationale behind this move. He notes that many employees find themselves bogged down by back-to-back meetings, which often leads to a lack of productivity. “We all have the same 168 hours in a week,” he emphasizes, urging you to reflect on how you can better utilize your time.


Here are the key takeaways from the conversation:

1. Time Management is Key ⏳

  • Harry’s Golden Rule: We all get 168 hours a week. How we use them determines our success.


  • Prioritization: Harry Kraemer stresses the importance of prioritizing tasks and being strategic about meeting times.


2. Meetings are Often Overdone 📅

  • Purposeful Meetings: Instead of meeting for the sake of meeting, ensure there’s a clear agenda and goal.


3. Balancing Act ⚖️

  • Critical vs. Non-critical Meetings: Identify when a meeting is essential, like during a product launch or crisis.


  • Efficient Alternatives: Sometimes, an email or a quick chat can replace a lengthy meeting.


4. Remote Work Dynamics 🌐

  • Flexibility Wins: The pandemic taught us that many tasks can be accomplished remotely.


  • Hybrid Models: Finding a balance between in-person and remote work can optimize team dynamics and productivity.


5. Personal Connections Matter 🤝

  • Building Team Chemistry: Face-to-face interactions foster camaraderie and team spirit, which are hard to replicate online.


So, is Shopify on the right track? Harry Kraemer seems to think so, advocating for a thoughtful balance that maximizes efficiency without sacrificing essential team building. As he puts it, understanding how to allocate our 168 hours can make a profound difference in both personal and professional realms.


Final Thought: 🧠

  • Reflect and Reassess: Take a moment to consider your own schedule. Could fewer, more focused meetings make you more productive?


Remember, it’s not just about working harder, but smarter. Time is a gift – let’s use it wisely! ⏰✨

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