Friday, October 30, 2009

Meetings & General Motors


General Motors used to be the biggest company in the world and an icon of industrial America. It recently filed for bankruptcy and is now 65% owned by the American Government.

To run such a gigantic entity, meetings are essential but it was found that no decisions were being made at these meetings. To untangle this bureaucracy, a concept called GoFast was introduced. If an impasse was reached over a decision, all interested parties were “locked” into a room until a decision was made.

Thousands of GoFast workshops were held to spread the concept coupled with feedback sessions. It became a nightmare with over 7000 GoFast meetings being held to discuss how to hold fewer meeting. Managers’ performance evaluations were downgraded because they were not holding enough GoFast meetings.

The moral? – meetings are essential to any organization but they must be kept to a minimum, be short and decisive otherwise your organization might end up like General Motors.

Greg Beykirch
Finance Manager

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