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Becoming a Successful Manager, Second Edition by J. Robert Parkinson

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15Mastering Productive Meetings Is as Easy as PIE

Effective meetings don’t happen by accident; they happen by design.

LOOSELY DEFINED, A MEETING IS an interpersonal vehicle for communication among individuals or groups of people for a purpose. It is an opportunity for a group of people to come together to share ideas. The extent of sharing runs the gamut from a “show and tell” by an individual to full and open dialogue by all in attendance. How do you decide which is right?

Don’t automatically assume that assembling as a group is the most practical format for your purpose. If face-to-face contact isn’t necessary, maybe a simple e-mail will serve instead. Today’s workplace puts a wide variety of communication techniques at people’s fingertips. ...

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