Twenty-five years ago, the cost of unproductive meetings in the U.S. was $60 billion annually. What’s that figure today?
The waste is so vast, and the prolific use of meetings is so much more extensive now, no researcher dares to make a definitive claim on the total cost now. But an educated guesstimate is the figure exceeds at least $180 billion in the U.S. alone.
Every day, workers and their leaders experience the productivity drain of poor meetings. The problems? Lack of focus, decisions that don’t stick, too many meetings, social loafing, disruptive spectators, wasted time, and interpersonal conflicts.
One firm spent significant time and money in several attempts to improve their meeting culture, to no avail. But after a strategic investment with Bridging the Difference®, they resolved the underlying causes of meeting frustrations, inefficiencies, and unproductive conflict.
Our influence helped gain our client:
- 33% time saved in project cadence meetings
- 33% time saved in decision-making meetings
- 40% to 60% fewer meetings
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Team to Win®
It’s undeniable: R&D projects are complex. Technical excellence is not enough.
Project leaders must excel in engaging and motivating people who usually report to other managers. And that requires continuous and adaptive responsiveness to the team’s needs to achieve multiple performance metrics.
Let’s face it, teaming take an investment. Sometimes it’s hard work. But the job of high-quality teaming belongs to the team, as well as its leader. How do you get that shift in accountability?
You get the team performance data and work it. You enlist the people who have the most to gain from good teaming—those who are on the team—to see how their contributions either help or hinder the team’s effectiveness. That’s how a global healthcare products company engaged with Bridging the Difference® to create a team culture of continuous and adaptive responsiveness to the team’s needs for:
- Greater intrinsic rewards.
- Better technical performance.
- On-time and under-budget projects that enable the company’s growth strategies.