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2 Reasons Your Meetings Are Complete Failures

Reasons why your meetings are complete failures

Meetings are worthless without execution.

It is absolutely mind boggling how many meetings go on each and every day in businesses all across the globe that are virtually a complete waste of time.

Meetings are perhaps the lowest use of time and the greatest waste of money in all of business.

People think that the purpose of meetings is to communicate.

That is wrong.

Communication is not a purpose because communication is not a destination.

Communication is the journey. Communication is the process. But communication isn’t the goal.

The destination, and the purpose of meetings, is two-fold.

1. To make decisions
2. To take actions

That’s it.

That is why you meet.

Decisions and actions.

If you don’t complete either of these, then your meeting was a failure.

Building trust and comradery is also a function of meetings, but it’s still more of a bi-product rather than the focused outcome.

Communication is the necessary path to making decisions and to deciding what actions need to be taken.

But communication, in and of itself, is not an end goal.

So when you meet you meet, you need at least one person in the meeting driving the team to make decisions and to assign action items.

Not only that but you also, more importantly, need one person that documents those decisions made and the action items assigned.

That way you can refer back to them later, communicate clear next action steps, and hold people accountable to getting significant priorities knocked out.

If you walk out of a meeting without decisions documented and action items assigned, then I don’t care how good of a meeting it was, it was a failed meeting.

It was a waste of time.

It was a lack of leadership.

You have to make decisions.

And you have to assign actions.

When you do that, things get done.

Things get changed.

Things get improved.

And if your meeting doesn’t have the right people, the right amount of time, or the right commitment to decisions and actions…

Then simply, don’t have the meeting.

Jenni Catron: 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership – Episode 128 of the Daily Discipline Podcast

Jenni Catron photoJenni Catron – Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership expert committed to helping others lead from their extraordinary best.  Jenni’s passion is to lead well and to inspire, equip and encourage others to do the same. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently in the different spheres of influence God has granted them. Additionally, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.

Jenni is the author of several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership. Jenni blogs here and contributes to a number of other online publications as well. Outreach Magazine has recognized Jenni as one of the 30 emerging influencers reshaping church leadership.

Show Highlights:

  • You have to be a great leader to motivate volunteers. @JenniCatron
  • Great leaders need to be relational, spiritual, strategic, and visionaries. @JenniCatron
  • How can you lead people in an inspiring and authentic way? @JenniCatron
  • As soon as you start to drive your team aggressively and you lose heart in your leadership, you leave people in wake. @JenniCatron
  • When you lack intentionality and awareness as a leader, your drive can wear your team down. @JenniCatron
  • How is your drive affecting the people around you? @JenniCatron
  • Make notes about your employees so you can remember the important details of their life and form a strong relationship with them. @JenniCatron
  • Recognize your strengths and weaknesses as a leader so you can fill in the weaknesses. @JenniCatron
  • Have honest conversations with the people you lead and let them know it’s safe to do so. @JenniCatron
  • As a leader, are you willing to be vulnerable enough to tell the people you lead that you need them? @JenniCatron
  • Ask your employees, “What do you need to feel safe enough to bring things to my attention?” @JenniCatron
  • Your character, belief system, and core values all shape the amount of soul you have in your leadership. @JenniCatron
  • You need to lead yourself well in order to lead others better. @JenniCatron
  • Take the time to slow down to see and connect with people. @Rory_Vaden
  • Learn the 5 keys to strong leadership


To learn more about Jenni or to purchase her book, The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, visit

The Daily Discipline show is a weekly podcast that Rory Vaden of Southwestern Consulting™ hosts every Wednesday, which is regularly in the Top 25 of Business News Podcasts and has listeners from all around the world. The show shares “insights and inspiration for movers and shakers in the world of business”™. Each week Rory shares ideas on how to increase your self-discipline and make better use of your time to help you achieve your goals in life. He also interviews one very special expert guest and thought leader every week. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!


The Myth of Motivation


True or false: You must be a great motivator to be a great leader.

There is a myth that lives out there in the world that tells a leader it’s their responsibility to motivate their team. But motivation is greatly misconstrued. There are a lot of inaccurate insights about motivation.

People think that motivation is something that you either have or you don’t. That motivation is something that lives inside your core character, or doesn’t.

I disagree with that.

I believe everyone has motivation inside of them. The problem is they don’t have goals to inspire them.

Think about it this way: the amount of our endurance is directly proportionate to the clarity of our vision.

If we have a crystal clear vision for our life, then there is naturally a strong connection between the sacrifices we must make today to have our goals met in the future.

This then creates a context for action to take place. Our discipline engages automatically. Our motivation comes alive – it activates in the context of that vision.

If we don’t have a clear vision of our life then there is no reason for those short-term sacrifices because there is no pay off that we can see.

Discipline becomes dormant in the absence of a dream.

So as a leader, we don’t have the power to motivate people. What we can do is help people clarify their vision. If we can focus on their vision and help them create a plan to get them where they want to be, it’s more likely that they will become motivated because of it.

Help create a vision for somebody, put a plan in front of them to help them accomplish that vision, and revisit that plan regularly and you will find that their motivation has come alive.

That is all you can really do as a leader. That is the great myth of motivation.

The Day You Become a Leader

The Day you become a leader

The day you become a leader is the day that you become more concerned about the well-being of the people around you than you are about your own.

Leadership doesn’t mean that you have all the right answers, the best strategies, or that you know exactly how things will turn out.

Leadership simply means that you are going to be looking out for the best interest of the people who are going on the journey with you.

Leadership is not about having people work for you.

Leadership is about identifying a group of people for whom it is worth working for.

Leadership is not about leveraging other people’s talents for your gain.

Leadership is about creating opportunity for other people that is bigger than what they might create on their own.

Whether you are a brand-new leader, or you have been leading people for decades, the only real thing you need to focus on to be a great leader is to use your talents and skills to pave the path for the people around you and to look out for their best interests.

For some parts of my life I have actually carried the title of a leader. But it is not a title that I deserved. Because I was filtering everything through the lens of how it would make my life better. During that time I wasn’t a leader; I was merely an orchestrator.

The day that I finally became a leader is the day that I started evaluating decisions based on how they would improve the lives of other people.

My guess is that is the same day that you also will become a real leader.