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Are we selfish and entitled when it comes to meetings?

Meetings have become the default way in which we communicate in organisations.  This has largely come about by the desire to create more collaboration (which is a good thing) and the comfortable and (to some extent) easy way to do this is to bring people together into a room.

But have we become a selfish and entitled when it comes to meetings?  My making 6 phone calls might use 30-60 minutes of my time, but it only uses 5-10 minutes of every else’s.  The net savings time wise is 6 people x 1 hour = 6 hours versus 1 hour of my time and 5 x 10-minute phone calls is less than 2 hours.

Whilst it might be efficient for you to have them in the room all at once, it’s not efficient to others.

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