Doing anything by distance takes twice the time and is half as good. We have to navigate time zone differences, language barriers and technological inconsistencies—whilst still running effective meetings.   The three biggest criticisms of participants in virtual or distance meetings are that...

It’s easy to emerge from a long meeting wondering why you were there and whether anything was achieved. Everyone complains about attending meetings, but there are ways to cut the time you spend in them.   Bloated, inefficient meetings are the bane of modern workplaces. A survey of senior...

The 25 Minute Meeting Book Review By STUART FAGG Meetings generally get a bad rap. Some see them as a pointless drain on valuable work time. For others, they’re a great reason to get a sneaky hour of Candy Crush in while looking as if you’re paying attention. It’s hard to find anyone who...

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?   This unspoken requirement to attend poorly executed meetings, while also managing to get stuff...

Advertising and marketing professionals need meetings. When meetings work, then they are valuable. Clear actions get set, pitches are won and the whole business moves forward.   But what we don’t need is for meetings to waste our time, money and resources., which they frequently do. In fact,...

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...

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