The most common mistakes still being made when calling a meeting is not having a clear objective, inviting the wrong people, getting side-tracked, and not implementing good ideas from previous meetings. Barnard says if the objective of the meeting is not to invite or hear other ideas but to get buy-in on the manager’s own ideas, productivity is stifled, and mistrust is created. Good ideas that are not implemented has exactly the same effect. “The lack of implementation leads to meetings where the minutes or actions of the previous meetings are the agenda items for the next meeting,” says Barnard.

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