13Making the Most of Meetings

Why on earth do we spend so much of our work lives in meetings? Truth serum time: how many meetings did you attend today? This week? This month? Probably too many. So, how come we have so many meetings, taking up so much time, with so little progress? Are there any workarounds for improving your odds of gaining value from meetings? What can you do to work around meeting ineffectiveness and claw back some of your valuable time?

Here’s a meeting assessment tool that you should apply to the meetings you have attended this week. If you were the meeting organizer, you can send this practical tool to your attendees. Ask the attendees to consider two large questions in answering each of the five items: (1) clarity of purpose, ...

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