Interesting article on the Freakonomics blog today about the difference between "Manager's Schedule" and "Maker's Schedule."
original content: http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html
This Paul Graham has some interesting points, namely that by scheduling meetings without regard to what your directs are doing, you may be chopping up their time so much that they can't get "hard" things done (like a programming project that takes a full afternoon of thinking and working without interruption).
I'd be interested to hear about what folks on here are doing, in terms of scheduling, so that they aren't the "evil" manager that schedules a meeting right when work is getting done!
Paul Graham suggests his solution to meeting with different innovative companies that he has funded as an investor: have "office hours" available at the end of certain workdays and let people sign up for meetings. Not sure that would work will all types of directs...