How have the last dozen meetings you've attended at your organization gone? Were they productive? Efficient? Or were they another exercise in brain-numbing tedium. The average employee will spend 3.2 years of their life in meetings. Some of you have attended that meeting. Meetings can be a great opportunity for ideas to come to life, updates given, progress measured, and work tasks divided. They are necessary and useful, but they should only take place when they can be done efficiently, effectively and have some benefit to all of the participants involved.