Poking fun at meetings is the stuff of Dilbert cartoons—we can all joke about how soul-sucking and painful they are. But that pain has real consequences for teams and organizations. In a HBR interview, someone described stabbing her leg with a pencil to stop from screaming during a particularly torturous staff meeting.

Read this insightful, helpful and brilliantly witty article by Leslie A. Perlow, Constance Noonan Hadley and Eunice Eun