by Global Knowledge Network, Inc.
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Published on: July 2004
Type of content: WHITE PAPER
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Length: 11 pages
There are too many meetings. We all have better things to do with our limited time, but we end up in numerous unproductive meetings. Meetings are a very inefficient way to accomplish tasks, and yet every manager will spend 35% to 50% of his or her time sitting around tables, anxious to be doing something else.
Why are so many meetings called when we all should know better? Many meetings are under-planned, under-managed, and under-prepared.
How can meetings be prevented, or at the very least, how can we avoid hosting and attending the unproductive ones? A few key questions will enable you to determine which meetings to avoid. Being stingy with your time is the best way to ensure that others are too. Demand higher quality meetings and they will happen.
Planning, preparation, and process management are not optional. They are critical if real results are to be achieved at a meeting. They prevent meetings from being a waste of your time.
In this paper we will discuss:
- Why meetings fail
- When is it appropriate to call a meeting
- What are the alternatives to conventional meetings
- How to spot the meetings that should be avoided
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