March 14, 2012 / 2:52 PM / 5 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Don't pander to latecomers

BOSTON, March 14 (Reuters) - Running decisive meetings is a key skill that helps drive an agenda and cut down on time-wasting, and not letting chronic latecomers disrupt your rhythm is a good place to start, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"No matter how well you've prepared your meeting, things will go wrong. One of the more common disruptions is attendees showing up late.

If people belatedly walk in, try these three things:

1. Don't recap. Resist the temptation to catch up latecomers. Keep moving forward. You can update them afterward.

2. Assign a job. If you sense someone might be late, give her something to do during the meeting. If she has a job, she's more likely to show up on time.

3. Walk him there. Physically help a chronic latecomer get to the meeting. Stop by his desk at the appointed time and ask if you can walk together."

- Today's management tip was adapted from the book, "Guide to Making Every Meeting Matter."

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