“We’re mad as heck and we’re not going to keep meeting like this!”
– with apologies to Peter Finch
“Two-thirds of meetings end before participants can make important decisions. 85% of executives are dissatisfied with the efficiency and effectiveness of their companies’ meetings.”
– Marcia W. Blenko, Michael C. Mankins, and Paul Rogers, authors of Decide & Deliver: 5 Steps to Breakthrough Performance in Your Organization in the Harvard Business Review.
Management scholar Henry Mintzberg was among the first to track how top managers spend their time in the early 1970s. Much to his surprise, he found that around 80% of their time was spent in face-to-face meetings; the subjects of his study had few stretches of more than 10 minutes at a time to themselves.
More recent time use studies by researchers at Harvard, the London School of Economics and Columbia have found that little has changed. Despite the IT revolution, business leaders still spend 80% of their time in face-to-face meetings.
– Harvard Business Review