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Decide by David Wethey

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Chapter Five

It’s a matter of time: the magic number 60

It’s vital to know how long you have got

I hear a distant voice in my ear: ‘Before we start this section, let’s go through the minutes of the last meeting. And can I just make sure that you, David, are happy to do the minutes of today’s session.’

Mr Chairman, I just wish it was minutes.

Our global obsession with meetings is not costing us minutes. It’s taking hours out of our day, days out of our week and weeks out of our year. If we allow for weekends, public holidays, annual leave and days off sick, we probably have an effective working year of 220 days. Let’s suppose that on average we are involved in one meeting lasting an hour, and one lasting an hour and a half every day. That is ...

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