Thursday, November 20, 2014

These 12 Meeting Mistakes Cost Companies $37 Billion A Year In Lost Productivity

Of the approximately 11 million meetings that take place every day in the US, a third are unproductive.
It comes at a cost. An estimated $37 billion is lost every year to unproductive meetings, which suggests that while we have tons of meetings, we're not that great at them. 
Organizational psychologists have looked into why. Find the most common meeting mistakes below. 

1. You have too many of them.

Since a third of meetings "simply aren't productive," according to the research, you should consider having fewer.

2. You don't have a facilitator.

"Advanced Facilitation Strategies" author Ingrid Bens defines a facilitator as "one who contributes structure and process to interactions so groups are able to function effectively and make high-quality decisions." 
Every meeting should have one: a person who brings the discussion back to the topic when people go on tangents, creates the space for people, and helps dig into topics when they reveal themselves to be more complex than originally thought. In the same way an expert accompanist helps a singer hit the high notes, an expert facilitator helps bring the best out of a team....

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Source: Drake Baer (

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