Is a Meeting Really Necessary? (Harvard Business Review)

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Before you send around that meeting proposal for what may be an unnecessary, valuable time- and productivity-killing convening of the minds, consider that a sit-down may not always be the best answer.

Time coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders, author of How to Invest Your Time Like Money, has more, including a handy “should-I-hold-a-meeting?” decision tree.

Middle Class Makes This Much (Or This Little) in 30 US Cities (NPR)

Middle class

The median family income in the U.S. is $64,000 per year, but break it down by city and the picture can change dramatically — from $30,000 in Detroit to $103,000 in San Jose, Calif.

With Census Bureau data, NPR offers this snapshot of what’s happening in 30 cities around the country.

Infographic: Monthly Disposable Income Around the World (Visual.ly)

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Increasingly Savvy, NYC Kids Find the Family Home (New York Times)

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“Mom, this one has a doorman, a gym and a private elevator.”

The joke used to be that if you needed help programming the VCR, ask your child. Our children, ever-increasingly sophisticated, now master all things electronic, including, of course, the Web and all its helpful offerings — including real estate listings.

As The New York Times reports, mere children are taking a proactive interest in finding their families new, and often upgraded homes.