Is this a utopian dream? I've had a book recommended to me called 'Read This Before Our Next Meeting: How we can get more done' by Al Pittampalli.
The blurb says: "The average office worker spends eleven hours in meetings every week. Traditional meetings reduce efficiency, kill urgency, and breed compromise and complacency. But there is a solution, a way to have fewer, shorter, more purposeful meetings: Al Pittampalli's Modern Meeting Standard. By following its eight simple but radical principles you may never have to attend a useless meeting again."