As I wrote about in my last post, some meetings are incredibly useful and productive. But, as the Wall Street Journal just pointed out, many meetings are a complete waste of time.
The difference lies in whether the meeting has a clear purpose that is articulated in advance. By making the purpose clear up front, you can also make an informed decision about which people are likely to be able to contribute meaningfully, and which people will just be eating donuts and checking Facebook. Don’t invite the latter group.