I've gotten this question in several different forms, but it's usually something like this: "How can I make my meetings more effective?"
Most meetings are:
1. Too long
2. Too dull
3. Too scattered
That being the case, my philosophy for effective meetings is to make meetings:
1. Shorter (90 minutes at most)
2. More exciting (Make sure the content is relevant to everyone in the meeting)
3. More focused – you don't have to discuss every issue. If a discussion is going to derail the meeting, have a separate meeting to deal with that issue and only have the necessary parties there.