Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Virtual meeting sin

We've all been there and know the genre well. But an article by Eilene Zimmerman on virtual meetings caught my eye with this statement:
Participants in virtual meetings often feel a lowered sense of accountability

Good grief! That's probably not news, but accountability is at the heart of successful projects, so this statement should be a heads-up to any program manager that has to depend on the virtual setting.

Ms Zimmerman, quoting an industry expert, goes on to say: "In face to face meetings people really show up, not just physically but also mentally." And this damning statement: to a 'real' meeting, "....they come to the meeting prepared..." Left unsaid: to a virtual meeting no one bothers with preparation. Preparation: what a concept!

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