Steve Jobs would ask you to leave a meeting if you had nothing to contribute. Ken Segall saw it happen, and describes it in an article called Meetings Are A Skill You Can Master, And Steve Jobs Taught Me How. The article points out that, “Every company wants to maximize productivity and cut down on unnecessary meetings.” But they don’t always know how to go about making meetings more effective.
David Allen cautions that “one of the greatest blocks to organizational productivity is the lack of decision by a senior person about the necessity of a meeting, and with whom, to move an important issue forward.” [Getting Things Done, Chapter 10: Getting Projects Under Control]
How often have you been in a meeting where someone wasn’t really necessary? How would your organization react if you declined to attend unnecesary meetings?