Re: Start Early!
That's fantastic, J_Brandt. Some adults could learn management skills from him! One reason so many meetings fail, I think, is that it's a skill few are taught and some don't learn on their own. When you become a manager you're taught all sorts of things but how to run a meeting isn't necessarily one of them. Sure, some folks review their own behavior and meetings, but some don't.
We've seen what can happen as the result of a bad meeting (the AOL "town hall" springs to mind, although that wasn't a meeting in the true sense of the world; there was no sharing of info. It was one-way.). And hopefully we've seen how a good meeting can bring together disparate people or ideas and result in a real action plan that gets resuts.