… In Meetings
According to Alec Mackenzie (of Time Trap fame), the average American manager spends 450–500 hours a year in meetings, which is one day per week. If they're not to overwhelm our schedules, therefore, meetings deserve special treatment. Indeed, the self-help universe has produced a series of books focusing on making this most inefficient activity more, well, efficient. That said, most broaden out to include topics such as decision-making and planning – making the one that manages to stay on-topic valuable indeed.
Writing in Make Meetings Matter (2008) communications consultant Charlie Hawkins deconstructs meeting dynamics to offer a strong structure for planning and running meetings. Planning is the key, it seems, with Hawkins ...