Take your meeting out of the boardroom

in General chat lads! Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:39 am
by bigblue • 54 Posts

Employees (well, really everyone) hates sitting in place for long periods of time. As a result, they get antsy, tune out and fumble when it’s their turn to contribute. Those tendencies can be especially toxic when the meeting has multiple action items and decisions coming out of it.

When the stakes are elevated, try uprooting your meeting and taking it outside (weather permitting). Instead of feeling cramped and restless, employees will likely appreciate the breath of fresh air, which could spike their creativity.

“There's this amazing thing about actually getting out of the box that leads to out-of-the-box thinking,” author and technology consultant Nilofer Merchant said last year in a TED Talk about walking meetings. “Whether it's nature or the exercise itself, it certainly works.”

Walking meetings have been instituted by leaders ranging from President Obama to Steve Jobs, the latter of whom once held a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg during a stroll, according to Bloomberg.. When Zuckerberg later finalized Facebook’s deal to buy messaging service WhatsApp, he did so after walking extensively with the app’s co-founder, Jan Koum.rc models

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