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It takes two to tango …. but it takes three to meet

Improving corporate meeting effectiveness

By Chris Garson

Copyright 2012 Chris Garson

Smashwords Edition

Audience: corporate cube-dwellers or managers living in glass walled caves. If your idea of managing your calendar is talking to Bluetooth while driving to the next appointment, or if you think of corporate HQ like a dentist – you go twice a year, like it or not – this one may not be for you.

Have you ever had a conversation similar to the one below?

“Hey, how’s it going?”

“Oh man. I have meetings all day long.”

“That stinks.” Your colleague walks on by, relieved not to have your boring schedule.

How many of you have ever been asked why you, or the people in your organization, attend so many meetings? It’s happened to me more than once. People working in the corporate environment do attend many meetings, they are a necessary part of our job. I led a large IT organization that was part of a larger one for a Fortune 200 company. We built systems comprised of commercial software and code developed in house running upon layers and layers of infrastructure supporting a large application portfolio and a coast to coast network of offices and remote users. Developing and maintaining these complicated system required deep domain knowledge, technical engineering, vendor management and understanding how the systems tied together. Meetings were a tool we used to meet these demanding challenges.

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