Meeting maniac or meeting starved?

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I received an email from someone who works at a boat dealership in a southeastern state. He lamented that he never knows what the dealership manager is thinking or what priorities are for the business because his manager rarely holds meetings and seldom communicates with the team. As an employee, he is meeting starved!

On the other hand, I previously worked for a company that was overrun with meeting maniacs! It seemed we were attending meetings on nearly every issue that came up. Two extremes; neither produces the right formula for effective meeting and information management. 

How about you? Share your best meeting experiences with me. Let me know what your best group meeting experience was in the last six months at the boating dealership where you work and why it was so effective! What did the manager do well? What could have been done better? How does a manager avoid turning his team into meeting maniacs or, conversely, leaving them starved for information? 

Learn more on how often meetings should be held and how to easily make meetings worthwhile -- every time they take place -- in my management column in Soundings Trade Only, December edition.

Mary Elston
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