Steven Rogelberg, Ph.D.

Use science to make your meetings matter.

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Steven Rogelberg, PhD

If you’re like any of the thousands of people surveyed and interviewed over the past few decades, there’s a good chance that your meetings at work aren’t great. In fact, it’s likely they are sources of frustration and you are looking for solutions that can truly move the dial — solutions based on meeting science.

Check out more about my most recent book, research, speaking, consulting, and outreach. And while you’re at it, consider joining a community of like-minded people who want to discover evidence-based insights to truly “solve” the meeting problem.

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“#1 leadership book to watch out for in 2019.”



An estimated 55 million meetings happen at workplaces across the nation every day. One study shows nine out of 10 employees admit to daydreaming during meetings. In another survey, 47 percent said having to attend too many meetings is the No. 1 time waster. Steven Rogelberg joins "CBS This Morning" to offer his advice from his new book, “The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance.”

Many people don't see meetings as being used effectively or maximizing the space. Yet, meetings are needed for cooperation, coordination, and organizational democracy. In this TEDx talk, Steven Rogelberg examines how to leverage science to improve meetings.


Dr. Steven Rogelberg offers three simple S’s on how to make your meetings less awful - Separation, standing, and shrink. These three tips can be easily implemented to increase the effectiveness of your meetings.

What people are saying about “the surprising science of meetings: How you can lead your team to peak performance”

“In workplaces around the world, meetings are where productivity and creativity go to die. Steven Rogelberg is the world’s leading expert on how to fix them, and here he shares the best evidence on how we can stop wasting time and falling victim to group-think. ”
–Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg

“As fascinating as it is funny, this book makes the case that simple changes, such as tweaking the length of meetings, can have real impact, and provides useful tools for managers, including sample surveys, agendas and checklists.”

- Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)


"The Surprising Science of Meetings aims to revamp meetings' reputation, with strategies for maximizing their efficiency and eliminating the pain that comes with them….Compelling.”
–Business Insider

“A game-changer for leaders, this book is unlike any other written about meetings.  It is intriguing, highly informative, insightful, and fun to read.”
–Tasha Eurich, New York Times bestselling author of  INSIGHT AND BANKABLE LEADERSHIP

“The Surprising Science of Meetings”, a new book by Steven Rogelberg, PhD

The Surprising Science of Meetings: How To Lead Your Team To Peak Performance

A recent estimate suggests that employees endure a staggering 55 million meetings a day in the United States. This tremendous time investment yields only modest returns. No organization made up of human beings is immune from the all-too-common meeting gripes: those that fail to engage, those that inadvertently encourage participants to tune out, and those that blatantly disregard participants’ time. Most companies and leaders view poor meetings as an inevitable cost of doing business. But managers can take heart: researchers now have a clear understanding of the key drivers that make meetings successful.

In The Surprising Science of Meetings, Steven G. Rogelberg, researcher and consultant to some of the world’s most successful companies, draws from extensive research and survey interviews with over 5,000 employees across a range of industries to share the proven practices and techniques that help managers and employees enhance the quality of their meetings. For those who lead and participate in meetings, Rogelberg provides immediate direction, guidance, and relief, offering a how-to guide to change your working life starting today.

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— - Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
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About Steven Rogelberg

Steven Rogelberg, PhD

Dr. Steven G. Rogelberg holds the title of Chancellor’s Professor at UNC Charlotte for distinguished national, international and interdisciplinary contributions. He is a Professor of Organizational Science, Management, and Psychology as well as the Director of Organizational Science. He has over 100 publications addressing issues such as team effectiveness, leadership, engagement, health and employee well-being, meetings at work, and organizational research methods. He is the Editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology, and the Talent Management Essentials book series. Dr. Rogelberg has received over $2,000,000 of external grant funding including from the National Science Foundation. Before completing his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Connecticut in 1994, he received his undergraduate B.Sc. degree from Tufts University in 1989.

Awards and honors include receiving the 2017 Humboldt Prize, being the inaugural winner of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Humanitarian Award, receiving the SIOP Distinguished Service Award, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Master Teacher Award, Psi Chi Professor of the Year Award, Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and serving as the 2000 BGSU graduation commencement speaker. He is currently the elected Secretary General of the Alliance of Organizational Psychology. Former Executive Board Member and Research & Science Officer, SIOP.

His research has been profiled on Public Television, Radio (e.g., NPR, CBC, CBS), Newspapers (e.g., Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, London Guardian) and Magazines (e.g., National Geographic, Forbes, Scientific American Mind). He has been a visiting scholar and guest speaker at universities around the world including: BI Norwegian Business School (Norway), Peking University (China), University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Reykjavik University (Iceland), Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong City University, The University of Sheffield (England), The University of Zurich (Switzerland), The University of Tel Aviv (Israel), Technion University (Israel), Concordia University (Canada), the University of Mannheim (Germany) and Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).

He founded and currently directs two large outreach initiatives focusing on nonprofit organization effectiveness. Over 1,000 nonprofits have been served.

Click here to view Steven’s CV and learn more about his research, awards, outreach and accomplishments


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