If you booked an internal meeting with someone a couple years ago, how long was it, usually?
An hour, right?
How long do you book meetings now? (in 2010)
I asked this question to an administrative assistant a few minutes ago. Without hesitation she said,
"15 to 30 minutes. It is the new hour."
Then she said, "Oh, and I schedule lots of 5-10's too. They love those best!" She continued, "The new model seems to be, come by when something is on your mind. Life is moving too fast for long meetings. And if something is on your mind, you sure as heck better come by!"
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I couldn't agree more, you?
Are you still booking 1-hour internal meetings? Especially for one-on-ones -- is an hour really necessary?
I suspect that looking for 1-hour time slots for stuff that could take place in 30 minutes or less could be a new "dinosaur indicator."
What about sales calls? Any changes to those (yet)?
And to add another potential Trend Spot ... last night I said the word "Admin" in casual conversation with my teenage daughter. She said, "Admin. What is that?"
On the note of my daughter's observation, Futurist Jim Carroll's prediction comes to mind. When I saw him speak this week, he said, "65% of preschoolers will work in a job that does not yet exist."