Common Meeting Diseases and Fallacies

It is almost impossible to predict where most meetings will go awry. The following is a description of the most common meeting diseases and some ideas on how to combat them.

The Overcommitment Phenomenon

Symptoms: Many people agree to perform tasks and accomplish goals that they cannot possibly do in the time allowed. In some cases, this problem is attributable to the pressures placed on managers to accomplish goals and say “yes.” However, in many more instances, the overcommitment problem stems from a fundamental inability to estimate how long it will take to accomplish a task. In addition, people tend to make commitments in advance because their confidence in their ability to finish is higher when they ...

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