The Truth About Meetings — And It’s Ugly

ROFL 20-06-2014

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.

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  1. Kick'nBack
    June 21, 2014 at 3:59 am

    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
      July 4, 2014 at 4:24 am

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

  2. Micha
    June 20, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Great article and web resources.

  3. dragonmouth
    June 20, 2014 at 11:56 am

    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.