Time to Re-think Those Meetings?
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work
The current issue of Fortune magazine takes an hour-by-hour look at three top executives who spend anywhere from eight hours to 19 hours at work. The CEO of Craigslist (annual revenue $20 million) arrives at work around 10 a.m. (after an hour-long commute) and leaves at 5:00. Number of phone calls each day: 3. Number of minutes spent in meetings: 60.
The president of CBS Ad Sales arrives at work around 8:30 a.m. and goes to about 9:00 p.m. Number of daily phone calls: 19. Minutes spent in meetings: 300.
The CEO of Nets Basketball arrives at work at 4:00 a.m. and winds up his day around 11 p.m. Number of phone calls: 57. Minutes spent in meetings: 335.
Hmmm. . .which path seems to make the most sense?
Admittedly, I have spent scant time in corporate settings, but it sure seems like people in traditional companies spend a lot of time talking. Does all this yaking lead to results? I'd love to hear from those of you who've done time on the meeting circuit.