By Steven E. Sacks
The NEW Fundamentals
When in doubt, call a meeting. Jeez! How many hours in the U.S. are cumulatively wasted on a daily basis with meetings? Are they really necessary?
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If yes, do you employ rules of courtesy, such as strongly encouraging punctuality? Do you have a clearly articulated agenda that was distributed in advance of the meeting? If yes, did it provide advance notice about any preparatory work or research expected to be done by the participants? Finally, will the meeting be structured in such a way that it will allow for participation by the complete group?