Business meetings come with the territory when you’re a manager. Are meetings fun to attend? If you ask those you manage, they’re liable to tell you that it’s just another perk that comes with your job. Time spent at a meeting is often viewed by your subordinates as another way that you “get out of working for a living”. If you’re a manager, you probably have a different view of them.
Meetings have never been one of my favorite things to do. Too often, I left a business meeting thinking about how much I wasn’t able to accomplish, because I had to devote valuable work time to another mandatory meeting. But, I don’t think I’m the only one who has ever felt that way. I know, from my own experience, that many of the participants of the meetings I’ve attended felt the same way that I did.
Michael Begeman of 3M seems to agree with they way I’ve felt about business meetings too. He says, “Here’s my mental image of what happens at most business meetings: You could take the people out and replace them with