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Why Do Meetings Start Late, Drag on Forever, and Fail to Accomplish Anything?

By: Florence Stone

Here are some ground rules to ensure meetings run smoothly.

• All meetings will begin and end on schedule.
• The position of chair will be rotated.
• Discussion time will be limited to that set on the agenda.
• Meetings will be held every second Tuesday, from 9:15 to 11:00 a.m., in the conference room.
• Three days prior to the meeting, members will receive a copy of the agenda and any handouts to read and come prepared for the discussion.
• The focus will be on issues, not personalities.
• Only one member will talk at a time.
• Decisions will be made by consensus.
• The group will evaluate each meeting to determine progress toward its objective and the quality of the meeting itself.

About the Author(s)

Florence Stone is editorial director for American Management Association.