“I don’t know the statistics, but I’m willing to guess that the executives of corporate America spend 70 to 80 percent of their time in meetings. I do know that most of those meetings… are 70 to 80 percent posturing and leveling… The posturing is gratuitous, and the leveling is better done elsewhere. This alone would enhance US productivity far more than any trade agreement.” – Nicholas Negroponte, US academic
If your business regularly has meetings just for the sake of having a meeting – or perhaps just to pass the time – you are doing things wrong. Meetings are not meant to be a form of procrastination, especially in small businesses where budgets are tight and each person has a clearly defined role that helps to keep the business on track.
When you come out of any meeting, make sure that you feel as if something has been achieved that would not have happened unless you brought the whole team together – or else you might as well not even bother.