Its said that the meeting is a practical alternative to work. We know one bank CEO in Oregon that removed all his chairs from a conference room under the concept that a meeting should never last so long that people get tired of standing.
Picture your typical meeting at your bank. How much of that meeting is spent talking about the future rather than the past? Is it an offensive meeting where you are talking about new products, how to gain new customers or new strategies or is a defensive meeting where you are trying to fix problems? While likely your meetings are a combination of both offense and defense, there is always one side that dominates. Identifying when you are playing offense vs. defense is important as most of the gains in your bank comes from offense.