The COO of my consulting firm years ago used to start staff meetings with 5-15 minutes of small talk. Although he intended to promote socializing, the adverse consequences were late-arrivers, difficulty in focusing on serious discussion at the start of the meeting, and low energy throughout the remainder of the meeting.

the ceo magazine, business management
John Canfield           

Why change meetings? I think changing meetings, so that they can be more collaborative, could be the most important thing an organization could do to improve its performance. If you have decided to move ahead, and develop your organization so it could be more collaborative, improve your meeting process.

I recommend you focus on the place and process where most business decision-making takes place - the standard daily decision-making meeting process. I would not address all types of meetings or all aspects of meetings. Just face-to-face decision making meetings. This can include creative thinking, generating ideas, brainstorming, analysis, goal setting, problem solving, and above all, decision making.


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