The Truth About Meetings — And It’s Ugly

Meeting are meant to be productive, right? But the truth is, people chat at meetings, ideas come and go, and unless someone diligent is around to chair the meeting, nothing gets followed up. In the end, meetings turn out to be a waste of time — just people sitting around, chatting, wasting hours of precious time (even preparing for it). Approximately 15 percent of your time working in any company is spent in meetings. That number is more than doubled for middle managers, while executives spend 50% of their time stuck in meetings.

So, are meetings necessary? What do you think? Can you actually organise an effective meeting?

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dragonmouth

Meetings – After all is said and done, more is said than done.

Meetings give management the warm and fuzzy feeling of being in control when nothing can be further from the truth.

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Micha

Great article and web resources.

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Kick’nBack

This article hits to the heart of companies and meetings.. 98% of the time they are a complete waist. Toyota has one of the best ways to handle meetings that I have seen. For starters, there is a set start and stop time. You do not deviate from those times. Second, meetings are used for mostly “face-to-face” time to hammer out final details of a project or issue. Almost all issues can be handled via email and phone calls and should be. At my place of employment, every time we turn around there is some kind of meeting. At the current time we are starting a lean program.. and how do we kick it off.. having a Summer full of meetings. UGH!! lol

Jackson Chung

Some meetings can be useful if chaired properly and stuck to the agenda.

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