Who hasn’t heard a colleague complain about having too many meetings or wasting time attending a conference that is pretty, or even completely, pointless.
What if it was just a question of positioning, organisation and respect?
Firstly, positioning. Why is a meeting necessary? What is the point? If ten people show up but the topic only concerns one of them, then you can be sure that only one attendee will find the meeting useful. An example would be those meetings where each sales manager gives an overview of their own sales and the director asks them questions in turn. During this time, the others are imagining all the work they could be doing if they weren’t there. THE question to ask is ‘would one-on-one meetings be more efficient?’