It’s been an eventful year for Tom Osovitzki, the 38-year-old CEO of Corporate Travel Management Solutions. From an office in Miami, he lists a few big wins for the firm, which handles travel arrangements for corporations. ... “After a few years, employees came to us saying there weren’t any opportunities for growth,” recalls Melissa Sonberg, who was part of those discussions and now serves as executive-in-residence at Desautels faculty of management. “This is a multibillion-dollar company, but there were none of the ladders and steps to demonstrate achievement.”
Few words are more menacing to today's office worker: "Reminder: Meeting … in 15 minutes." ... Neither meetings, nor widespread frustration with them, are a 21st century creation. In 1973, Canadian business management expert Henry Mintzberg was among the first to examine the problem. His book "The Nature of Managerial Work" found that more than half of managers' time in his sample was spent in meetings.