The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.
(John Hancock, 18th-century businessman and statesman)
THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF RESEARCH on the subject of meetings shows fairly quickly that many people have a regular experience of bad meetings. So you’re bound to have experienced meetings at which:
- people arrive late and leave early;
- there are poor objectives, agendas, location information, or conference dial-in information for remote participants;
- priorities were not communicated before or during the meeting, leading to focus on less important things;
- people were focused on just about everything but the meeting (e.g. email, texts, phone calls, other work on their ...