The First-Time Manager

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Managing, Participating
in, and Leading Meetings

In Chapter 27, mention was made of companies that have closed periods during which office personnel don’t phone one another and don’t attend meetings. That gives them a certain amount of uninterruptible time each day. Indeed, the productivity of the entire country would be greatly increased if all office meetings of more than two people, in business and government, were banned for one year. Meetings are very expensive. You are taking people away from their work. Always consider what alternatives you have to holding a meeting. If the meeting is just for informational purposes, you can send out an e-mail with attachments, but if you want discussion and decision making to occur, a meeting is necessary. One-way communication does not require a meeting unless the meeting participants never see each other. Then, once in a while, it is nice to bring the group together.


The Cost of a Meeting

Can you justify your meeting in terms of its cost versus the benefits?

Let’s say you have a meeting planned for your group of

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