I think this article is worth a share. Contains some decent tips on how to run efficient, productive meetings all gleaned from Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson - three over achievers I think it's fair to say.
Bezos has the "two pizza rule". He limits the number of attendees to only the number of people that can be fed by two large pizzas. In fact, they all swear by the need to keep numbers low. Branson loves to have meetings standing up. These have been found to greatly reduce the overall time of the meeting and improve concentration, quite a win/win situation. Anyway, read on for more gems.
Trying to run a business is all consuming. Time gets sucked up by so many different things: staff, suppliers, finance, production -- the list goes on. But, above all, meetings seem to take up so much precious time and yet often seem to achieve very little.