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Extreme Productivity - Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours by Robert C. Pozen

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EFFICIENT MEETINGS

If run correctly, meetings can be quite productive. They can help formulate and implement an organization’s policy, and they can provide forums to discuss and resolve issues. Unfortunately, too many meetings lack focus and fail to achieve any meaningful purpose. And in most organizations, there are simply too many meetings, and they last too long. As a result, there’s less time to get work done. Meetings reportedly take up approximately 35 percent of the workday for middle managers1 and up to 60 percent of the day for top executives.2

HOW TO AVOID MEETINGS

When I was president of Fidelity Investments, I could easily have spent every hour of every day at meetings. Everyone wanted to talk to me about their problems and plans. ...

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