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Organizing for Success, Second Edition by Kenneth Zeigler

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10Planning and Executing an Effective Meeting

Conductors of great symphony orchestras do not play every musical instrument; yet through leadership the ultimate production is an expressive and united combination of tones.

THOMAS D. BAILEY

It seems like everywhere I go today, people have meetings to have meetings, if you know what I mean. Ninety percent of business-people surveyed said that half the time they spend in meetings could have been spent doing more productive tasks, and the average employee loses 31 hours a month in unproductive meetings. Yet why do so few companies (that are supposedly so efficient) spend time and effort improving the quality of their meetings? Let’s look at some easy ways to increase the cost-benefit relationship ...

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