I hate meetings. Well that may not be quite accurate, I hate meetings that waste my time and about 90% of meetings in the corporate world are a waste of time. At one place I worked I forced the boss to take something off my TODO list for every meeting I was supposed to attend, 99% of the time the meeting was off my list. Yes the meetings were so useless that I almost never had to attend them.
An even better way to keep meeting in check may be this meeting ticker. Add the number of people and the average hourly rate (don’t forget to include the cost of lights in the room) then click start. Watch managements eyes bulge as the first 30 seconds of the meeting cost $20. I bet they figure out how to have less meetings and make them more productive when you have to have them.
Sometimes I think that working for myself contracting sucks, then I remember what it was like to be employed full-time and I remember that it sucked more. On top of sucking more I had a boss that I had to report to and there were more crappy ones than good ones.
… people become what you expect of them. If you treat your direct reports like children, that's how they will act. On the other hand, if you place lots of trust in them from day one, they will be compelled to prove that they deserve the trust
I really should make this postmanage required reading for anyone that wants me to work in their team. If you don't agree with most of it, we're not a good fit.
Have weekly status meetings even if there is nothing new to say, or if it can be said over email.
That was probably one of the most annoying things I ever dealt with. To top it off the boss only showed up to some of them and we'd sit around for the 30 minutes talking about whatever. They didn't even respect our time enough to call the meeting off a few hours early.
I'm sure we could compare stories but that's not the point. Make sure that when you manage people you're no a crappy boss.
manage: http://diegobasch.com/how-to-be-a-horrible-boss "How to be a Horrible Boss"