Thursday, March 15, 2012

HBR Management tips on how to handle latecomers ..

Frequently we come across latecomers (perpetual) to meetings who take pride in coming late to throw their weight around and make their presence felt.. Read this short message with good tips from Harvard Business Review on how to handle these people..

Don't Let Latecomers Ruin Your Meeting

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

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