Part of the problem at such meetings is that the leader has not set
clear objectives or an agenda, and didn’t assign pre-meeting
preparation tasks. Instead, the leader seems to hope that magic will
occur, producing a serendipitous solution to some of the problems
addressed. Of course, that doesn’t happen. As a general rule, meetings
make individuals perform below their capacity and skill levels.
This doesn’t mean we should always avoid face-to-face meetings — but it
is certain that every organization has too many meetings, and far too
many poorly designed ones.