Creative ways to keep meetings short

05/12/2010 | Fast Company online

Long meetings are a drag, so companies are coming up with innovative ways to keep things moving. Google uses a four-foot-tall timer to count down the seconds allocated to each topic; another company banned chairs from meetings in the hope that workers' aching feet would motivate them to stay to the point. Be warned, however: The "topless" meetings favored by one design firm aren't as much fun as they sound.

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