Short meetings, short commute

| 3 September 2014

This article originally appeared on Moneyweb.

Geoff+Miller+TransunionOne never has to fear that a meeting with Geoff Miller, CEO of credit information management group TransUnion will drag on for hours. He is strict about keeping meetings to 30 minutes or less, which ensures his diary doesn’t clog up. This forces people to come prepared and stick to the point, he says.

Miller says he tries to interact with people face-to-face rather than relying on an exchange of e-mails. “I try to walk over to their desk and discuss the issue, or phone them.” While an email may go unattended for hours and the exchange stretched out over days, a direct conversation can be finalised there and then.

Living close to the office is a real time saver, he says. “I know Jo’burgers cannot always stick to it, but ideally I would say one should not be more than 15 minutes’ travel way from the office. It is much more convenient to go to and forth between home and office if you are close by and it really helps when you are working late, he says.

Miller’s final time saving tip is one most managers will appreciate: “A good personal assistant who can manage your calendar and helps to get the things done that you can’t.”