The meeting as forcing function

For all their faults, meetings have virtue as a forcing function:

  • Forcing you to complete tasks you committed to;
  • Forcing you to feed back to the group;
  • Forcing awkward-but-necessary conversations;
  • Forcing a faster cycle-speed of question-reflection-answer;
  • Forcing you to review progress;
  • Forcing you to look ahead;
  • Forcing answers to questions;
  • Forcing you to give a theme your full attention;
  • Forcing a visible choice between engagement and having a voice, and switching off and being a passenger.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommended resources...