Weekly meetings can be divided into two categories – ones where people need to hear from you and ones where you need to get something out of it.
Sometimes they are one and the same, sometimes they aren’t.
Team Status meetings where ten people give their updates, are meetings where someone needs to hear from you – you can try to automate it with an email or status report, but eventually, they want to hear your voice – that’s life – you’re never going to escape it.
Then there are the meetings that you want to get something out of – you call them, you lead them, you drive the agenda, you go in knowing what you need to get out of it and if you’re not going to get it, you cancel it.
Everything else on your calendar, if it doesn’t fall into either of those two categories – are meetings you probably don’t need to be in.