Meetings can be productive if ground rules are put in place, such as everyone agreeing on key goals beforehand, writes Thomas Kayser, a Xerox veteran and author of "Building Team Power: How to Unleash the Collaborative Genius of Teams for Increased Engagement, Productivity, and Results." Participants should agree to support diverse opinions, record off-topic issues to discuss at another time and assess the meeting's effectiveness at the conclusion, Kayser wrote.

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