Was chatting to the wonderful Eileen Brown from Microsoft yesterday talking about how meetings go on too long. She suggested that people just schedule for 30 min's or an hour out of habit or software? You decide.
Seth Godin hates meetings. Has some good ideas.
TIPS: I think most of the time, most meetings should be held without chairs. People standing up think more quickly and get distracted less often. And the meetings don't last as long.
All day meetings should be banned. Meetings that attempt to accomplish more than one of the tasks above should be banned.
Bonus tip: Last person to walk in the door pays $10 to the coffee fund.
Extra bonus tip: hire someone to come in and videotape a few of your standard meetings. Watch what happens.
Worth a try methinks.