That is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of a useless meeting than to take action and simply call it off. Sometimes the best meeting is the meeting that didn’t happen. Sometimes the best decision you can make is to cancel or postpone your meeting.

Just because your development team is scheduled to meet every Thursday morning doesn’t mean that it has to take place. There is no rule that says just because your customer service department gets together every Monday morning that you can’t skip it this week.

If you think of a meeting as an investment—an investment of the time and energy of the members of your team, you may decide that a meeting will not produce a worthwhile return on that investment. ...

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