We are always in a rush. And we are always looking ways to be more productive, and also to do productive meetings. For instance, send me the items earlier, a 30min slot at the max, try to solve it async, rigid agenda, etc. I do that a lot.
However, sometimes to achieve the best result you need to let people talk. When you are doing big changes, interconnecting teams and going deep into pain points, you need to let people talk. Part of the process to achieve the best result is guaranteeing everything was said. People need to go through this.
So the next time you have a big change and need to listen to your team, don’t try to create the most productive meeting, focus on creating the most effective one.