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Online Extra: How to Kill Meetings

Some folks at Best Buy have found methods to squelch this time-eating monster, but not everyone's happy about it

Meetings are the devil. These days the workforce is taken hostage by process, process, process, and that often involves meetings. Cubicle Land has become a place where, when workers return to their desks at 6 p.m., only then do they have the time to begin returning phone calls, answering e-mails. and, well, doing their work.

In Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) culture clinics at Best Buy (BBY ), employees learn a new workplace language, one that says meetings are often time-sucking crutches for undisciplined managers. Or ways for lazy bureaucrats to hide behind a mirage of busy-ness.