Management Tip of the Day: Make your global meeting work

Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:42am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Meetings hold such promise for moving your business forward but are rarely executed well. Harvard Business Review has some ideas to turn that around.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"With people spread across locations and time zones, global teams can struggle to run effective meetings. Distance isn't an excuse for bad meeting etiquette though.

Here are two policies that can make your far-flung team's meeting easier:

1. Share the inconvenience. It's not fair to force a few people in Delhi to always take the call at 3am local time. Rotate your meeting time so that everyone shares the burden of an inconvenient time.

2. All together or all separate. The dynamic of a meeting can be thrown off if some people can see and talk to one another offline. If one person is separated from the rest, ask everyone to call in from their desks. This means no one unduly benefits from side conversations or facial expressions."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Guide to Making Every Meeting Matter."

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