13 Don’t Let People Crash Your Meetings
Ken Segall shared an experience he had with Jobs in his book Insanely Simple. It was during a meeting between the creative agency, Chiat/Day and Apple. The meetings often consisted of their creative people and a few high-level Apple employees including Jobs, Phil Schiller, and Jony Ive.
During this particular meeting there was a woman whom Segall had never seen before. Jobs arrived and began the meeting and then stopped in his tracks. His attention turned to the newcomer in the room. “Who are you?” He bluntly asked. She replied that she had been working on some of the marketing materials and asked to attend. “I don’t think we need you in this meeting.” Came Jobs’ curt reply. Then he continued his meeting without her.
There is a lesson to be learned here. If something isn’t absolutely necessary, it doesn’t belong. Such as headphone jacks on iPhones. Pineapple on pizza. DVD drives on laptops. And non-essential people at meetings.