“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be meetings.” —Dave Barry
That assessment by the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author is right on. A recent survey by Microsoft of roughly 38,000 people worldwide found that U.S. workers spent 5.5 hours in meetings each week—and 71 percent said those meetings weren’t productive.
In hard dollars, the price of bad meetings is enormous. Some estimates put the national cost in lost time and wasted talent as high as $200 billion annually.
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