Chapter 2

The Costs and Causes of a Nonproductive Meeting



Expert and consultant on time management, R. Alec Mackenzie, conducted a study to determine the most significant timewasters in industry, business, and government. Table 2-1 lists timewaster profiles of five specific groups he studied. Each participant was asked to make a list of the top 10 personal timewasters in order of importance. The “No.” column indicates the total number of participants who listed that item in their top 10 list. The “Wt.” column shows the total weights (10 = most important) given by those who selected that item.


In summarizing his research on timewasters, ...

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