Your Startup Is Leaking Productivity. Here Are the First Signs.

A bad meeting culture might be dooming your company behind your back

Joe Procopio
4 min readNov 15, 2021
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Your company is going to run exactly like you run your meetings.

Bad meetings don’t resemble a circus or a train wreck. In fact, they’re much harder to spot. They’re actually disguised as very professional affairs — smooth, efficient, corporate.

But what’s really happening is that company productivity is getting slowly sucked out of the organization, as a bad meeting culture starts to replace teamwork, real-time communication, individual milestones, and even actual work.

Bad meeting culture sneaks up on you

When I take a new advisor role for a startup, one of the first things I do is sit in on a management meeting. I can usually tell within five minutes where most of the productivity problems in the organization are sourced, and it’s usually within that room.

At larger organizations, that bad meeting culture trickles down into every area of the company, sometimes even on purpose. And what was a vibrant, fast-moving, hard-charging machine becomes a bureaucratic slog.

Don’t get me wrong, meetings are always a necessary evil, and there is no avoiding…



Joe Procopio

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