Too often I have heard business people say that they spend all day in meetings, so their evenings (when they should be with their families, friends or enjoying leisure time) are spent doing their actual work or catching up on emails they have missed.   We need meetings. We need them at...

Meeting Madness Meetings should be short, sharp, productive affairs that are a treasure-trove for collaboration and getting work done. But instead they turn into long, dreary sessions, with no proper agenda and a painful process for those attending.  And more importantly it results in lost...

I once heard a very senior leader in a global organisation remark, ‘You can have a long career here by going from one meeting to another and never actually doing any real work’. Can you relate?   In most organisations, an employee’s success (or failure) is measured against key performance...

Business professionals everywhere in every company need meetings. We need them at work because when they work, they are valuable. Clear actions get set, decisions are made and the whole business moves forward. But what we don’t need is for meetings to waste our time, money and...

Think of the last meeting you ran or attended. Would you say it was purposeful, mindful or even useful? Did you leave feeling energised? Could you say it was a good use of your time? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, then you are among the lucky 10 per cent of those who say meetings...

Five Deadly Meeting Sins And How To Avoid Them   Alan spoke with Donna McGregor about the five deadly meeting sins, namely around courtesy and respect, and how best to avoid them.   Listen to the recording here.

Many of us are time-poor, stressed out, overwhelmed and on the verge of ‘death by meetings’. Our calendars are full of irrelevant or tedious back-to-back ‘catch-ups’ and our email is overloaded with messages screaming for attention.   Every time we get a chance to breathe and catch up on...

A Harvard survey last year of 182 senior managers in a range of industries found that only 33 per cent of meetings are actually useful or purposeful.   In addition, 71 per cent of managers said meetings were unproductive and inefficient, and 62 per cent said they miss opportunities to bring...

  Think of the last meeting you ran or attended. Would you say it was purposeful, mindful or even useful? Did you leave feeling energised? Could you say it was a good use of your time?  If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you are among the lucky 10 per cent who believe that meetings...

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