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Wednesday, March 22, 2006 9:27 AM
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.

1 comment

Chris Yeh - 3/22/2006 4:51:42 PM
I think that you end up with the amount of work that you desire.

The reason the CEO of Nets Basketball works 19 hours a day is because he wants to work 19 hours a day.

Maybe there are jobs that really require that many meeting and that many hours. But you would never find me taking one of them.

A friend of mine started a company, and constantly complains about how much more progress he would make if he could simply raise a bunch of money.

My response is, why not design a business that doesn't require a lot of capital?

The choice of how to live your life is up to you.


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