It is an expensive scene and it is repeated every day in companies across the country: A team of well-compensated managers sits around a conference table in another unproductive meeting that has no defined ending point. As the hours drag by the dollars add up. The lack of effectiveness in managing meetings toward their intended goals costs companies tens of millions of dollars annually in actual time lost, not to mention the equally huge losses in productivity and motivation. One of the fastest ways to empty a building is to threaten to call a meeting.
What about your organization? Take a moment and share your response to the two questions below. We're interested in your insights and experiences.
- What do you think are the two biggest contributors to meeting ineffectiveness in your organization?
- What is the most important thing you can do to help a meeting achieve its goal?