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An Idea A Day by David Thompson

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MANAGING MEETINGS

AVOID PURPOSELESS MEETINGS

Patrick Forsyth

WHEN DID YOU LAST lose patience in a meeting? Meetings are held every day without real—or clear—objectives, and take longer and become muddled as a result. And “objectives” does not mean meeting to:

   Start the planning process.

   Discuss cost savings.

   Review training needs.

   Streamline administration.

   Explore time saving measures.

The idea

All meetings should have clear objectives and these should be specific. So saying you will discuss how you might save 10 percent on the advertising budget over the next six months is clear. Better still if that is a figure picked ...

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