Managing Meetings

Managers and project managers spend as much as 70 percent of their time in meetings. Nearly all managers complain that they spend more time in meetings than they should and that, for the most part, meetings are a waste of time. If no one likes to go to meetings and everyone feels that they are a waste of time, why do we have so many meetings?

The reason that meetings are held is based on the concept that two heads are better than one, three heads are better than two, and so on. Continuing to add people to a meeting improves the chances that something can be accomplished in the meeting. The problem is that as the number of people attending a meeting increases, the effectiveness of the meeting increases at a diminishing rate. ...

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