Most meetings are a complete waste of time. People in them are not paying attention. If you are the CEO, meetings seems to be endless. Worst of all, sales people spent almost 80% of their time in meetings, preparing for meetings and doing administrative tasks instead of making sales.
Before you group everyone in a meeting, ask - is this really necessary? There are better and cheaper ways of communicating with your team members such as emails, tweeter, shared calendar etc. Think cloud computing.
If meeting is absolutely required, make it brief, agenda/purpose circulated 48 hours ahead and only need-to-have people are invited. The rest of the people can continue doing their work - creating and serving customers. Isn't that the purpose of your company in the first place? Enjoy these cartoons (click to enlarge).
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