As the staffers filed into the conference center meeting room, some joked, others spoke in hushed tones, and a few buried their faces in their planners and PDAs. They started out with an ice-breaking exercise designed to help the session get off to a good start. Then, without warning, one woman gasped, managed to utter a few choking sounds, and keeled over — apparently as dead as a doornail. Was there foul play involved, or was this literally a case of “death by meeting”? Actually, it was ...

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