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April 26, 2012 11:00 AM
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Running an Effective Meeting

As the creative director at Zynga, the $7 billion mobile social game company responsible for FarmVille, Cara Ely runs daily meetings with writers, artists, animators, engineers, marketers, and publicists, and sometimes all of them at once. She keeps the crew on task by making sure gatherings are as small as possible — only crucial players get an invite — and focused on clear objectives. "On the invite, always include an agenda that says who's attending, what they need to bring, and what has to get done," Ely suggests. Set a one-hour time limit, if that. "Don't fill time," she suggests. "If the meeting takes only 20 minutes, get it done and move on."