Meetings, like death and taxes, are an inevitable fact of business life. Many, unfortunately, turn out to be a huge waste of time. Some companies schedule them so automatically that staff members’ energy is completely zapped, replaced by apathy and boredom.
Meetings are used counterproductively in organizations as a device for diluting authority, diffusing responsibility and delaying decisions. Referring a matter to committee may satisfy those who are cautious and analytical, but it’s a source of frustration for action-oriented risk takers.
Human beings are a social species, and meetings fulfill a deep need. In every organization and culture, people come together in small groups at regular intervals. Attachment to the organization increases when one participates in teams and meetings. This need for gathering is clearly something more positive than just a legacy from our primitive hunting ancestry.
So, what can you do to ensure your meetings are productive and useful—not just socially satisfying?
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Functions of Meetings
Avoid Meeting Failure
Preparing for Meetings
The Leader’s Job
Dealing with Subjects
Dealing with People
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