Executives are very good at making investment decisions. Surprisingly, the same executives show poor decision making when it comes to how they spend their and their employees time.
Great advice below on how to have more productive meetings by Jeff Haden, contributing editor to Inc.
At times, the most productive meeting is the meeting that is not held, as I pointed out in my article Meeting Marathoners and Email Maniacs — Three Simple Tips for More Productivity at Work
Successful leaders know that meetings, while important, are also incredibly expensive. The next time you're in a meeting, mentally add up the hourly rates of everyone in the room. Then factor in the opportunity cost for what every person could be achieving instead of sitting and listening to Stewart from distribution as he describes the relative merits of single-wall and double-wall cartons. Then factor in what you could be doing instead. (Makes you wonder why you ever have meetings, doesn't it?) Still, sometimes you do need to meet -- so when you run your next meeting, use this list as your guide to what not to do.