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Your Hatred of Meetings Is Holding Your Company Back

Many entrepreneurs schedule too few meetings not too many, argues this experienced founder.

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BY Jessica Stillman - 15 Aug 2016

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Complaining about meetings and offering ways to cut down on them is a favorite topic here on Inc.com. It's not hard to understand why these posts are so popular -- many business owners are refugees from the bureaucratic constraints of big companies. Why would they want to import the same time-wasting, creativity-busting practices into their own businesses?

But while moaning about meetings is emotionally satisfying, your hatred of regularly scheduled get togethers could very well be holding back your business, founder Peter Kazanjy argues in a recent, thought-provoking Medium post.

Your hatred of meetings is understandable...

As a seasoned entrepreneur himself, Kazanjy understands why meetings are such a common whipping boy of business owners. Besides simply viewing meetings as "a big company thing," entrepreneurs are "constantly pushing, and always on, they don't consider the important of cadenced checkpoints to measure the progress against their goals, and reevaluate that their previously agreed goals should continue to be their goals," he writes.

"You resist doing this when you have a huge pile of wood to chop, and instead just chop and chop and chop," he summarizes.

... but get over it anyway.

But just because your meeting resistance is understandable, doesn't make it correct. In fact, Kazanjy claims to have seen many "early stage, and even mid-stage startups lacking a solid internal meeting cadence - and it totally shows in their level of engineering, sales, and customer success execution. And that's a bummer, because it can end up killing your company (or at least dragging on your growth)."

In short, your resistance to meetings could be creating a growth-retarding jumble within your organization. What should you do about? Just dig deep, get over your "free-spirited" entrepreneurial nature, and set up a regular meeting schedule already.

Kazanjy even offers an in-depth document suggesting exactly when and how to run these meetings for the reference of reluctant founders. Plus, all the complaining aside, there's no shortage of excellent advice on how to run lean, efficient and effective meetings available . Don't let your bad experiences with corporate meeting bloat keep you from scheduling the meetings you actually need to run your business.