Oh dear. This is process logic gone mad: the application of an overblown methodology to the simplest of tasks.
So what is going on here? Have the brains at Harvard lost sight of reality or is it that an unfortunate meetings culture has taken hold on campus? if it's the latter then its the culture that has to change. The issuing of a new process wont achieve that.
“Let’s schedule a meeting” has become the universal default response to most business issues. Not sure what to do on a project? Let’s schedule a meeting. Have a few ideas to share? Let’s schedule a meeting. Struggling with taking action? Let’s schedule a meeting. Although scheduling a meeting can be the right solution in many instances, it’s not always the best answer. I’ve come up with a decision tree to help you quickly determine if a meeting makes the most sense.