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On his personal blog, Exetel boss John Linton (who last popped up on these pages discussing to-do bankruptcy) suggests that many businesses organise meetings without thinking of whether the same results could be achieved more effectively another way:
It appears to me that there have always been a lot of unnecessary 'meetings' associated with business life and over the last few years I have wondered whether the true benefits of web sites and email have really 'sunk in' to the business processes of many companies we deal with. Perhaps so many meetings are needed to fill in the average business day for too many people?
It's a good question to ask. Have you found meetings are less common in your workplace, or are you still sneakily checking your RSS feed on a smart phone during the dull bits? Tell us how you roll in the comments.