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As New Year’s resolutions go, universal adoption of the Golden Rule would arguably make the most positive impact on the world. But I’d argue that universal adoption of making all meetings meaningful would be a close 2nd! Think of it: 2018, the year when meetings matter — not only matter but actually contribute to your well being.

No surprise that I’ve participated in and led a ton of meetings across countless contexts. And yes, in some cases mostly endured them. Whether it’s on the clock for a client project, it’s part of my service on a nonprofit board, or it’s internal at work, a meeting that feels like one where you’re meeting to meet because you’re scheduled to meet for the meeting is the suckiest of time sucks.

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