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1 Introduction Meetings--Business Quagmire or Valuable Activity? Most executives believe that they spend too much time in meetings. They resent this, too, because they know the success of their business depends upon their leadership, not their endurance. They know that planning, coaching, communicating, and learning are essential leadership activities. And yet, meetings keep them from these tasks. Quick Quiz None How much time do you spend in meetings? Half All 0% | 20% | 40% | 60% | 80% | 100% How productive are meetings that you attend? 0% | 20% | 40% | 60% | 80% | 100% Results: If, for example, you spend 60% of your time in meetings that are 50% productive, you are wasting 30% of your work time. Think of what you could accomplish with that time.