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Some people just are "meeting people".
Often they are the once that have the task to get things done but not the once that are to do the tasks (PM's).
For them the meeting IS doing something no matter the result so they want lots of meetings.
Even if they can get faster progress by just delegating tasks and get updates by email or phone they feel that without the meeting they are mot in control or are afraid their part will be forgotten and they might be considered redundant.
Usually this is not true but in a large organization with many layers its more common.
One way to handle this us to always require a written agenda before the meeting with a stated goal for the meeting and a set timeframe.
Also, if asked when, pick a specific time like 14:30-15:30, indicating that you have other appointments you need to be at.
That might at least help to get the meeting focused.
This is gold and so true of my most recent employer. The manager (so he thought) was a "jack the lad" type and would consume 99% of a meeting with what his "funny" life stories, jokes and a platform for him to show how amazing he thinks he is. The other 1% is getting to the actual reason the meeting was proposed only to be summed up as a single bs sentence that makes you leave with more queations than what you had in the first place.... #rant!
tyrogge2332yThis very interesting... I am studying CS and I also have a course about Managers and there we learn how to manage the projects and how to interact with your colleagues. So I find it interesting when I read here in DevRant how in the real world, they don't do what they're supposed to do.
@qbasic16 Right, never trust auto complete :/
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