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Ways and Means for Managing Up by F. William Smullen

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Keep Meetings to 30 Minutes or Less

Have you ever called someone during business hours and been told that that person was in a meeting? That’s fine. “A return call will do” is the typical response.

Time goes by; actually a lot of time normally goes by, and the return call finally comes. The person apologetically says, “So sorry; I’ve been in meetings all day.” It happens to the best of us, the meeting part, that is.

As frustrating as that delay is for the original caller, it’s a guarantee that the person who was being called, who has been trapped in those meetings, is the real victim. Increasingly, meetings are the norm. Lots of them and for ...

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