Focusing on clear, specific goals and watching the clock can help to keep company meetings productive, Rachel Hartman writes. "Participants will feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when a meeting successfully does what it set out to do," according to Matthew Harrington, co-author of "Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons From a Beehive." Also, distribute an agenda and hold meetings in unusual places to encourage creative thinking.

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