Require meeting prep

Guarantee that team members arrive at meetings ready to participate. Test them on the background materials you distribute in advance.

Include a note with the materials explaining that you will begin the meeting with a quiz. Anyone who doesn’t pass may not speak at the meeting. They will have no voice in the decisions the group makes. One manager who implemented that strategy cut a major project’s time line in half—saving more than two years.

— Adapted from Workarounds That Work, Russell Bishop, McGraw-Hill,

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