Who is the most effective CEO? A few years ago Prof Morten Hansen and his colleagues set out to answer this question by analysing reams of stock market performance information and using this to create a ranked list of 2,000 CEOs from across the globe. Unsurprisingly, Steve Jobs came out top, followed shortly by Jeff […]
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Our training participants in matrix organizations tell us they spend an average of two days per week in meetings and 50% of the content is irrelevant. The HR team in one global gaming giant we worked with were surprised when the results of an in-depth training needs analysis and training programme on thriving in the […]
As part of the preparation for the launch of our new book Kill Bad Meetings we visited The Meetings Show in London to see what was new in the field of large corporate meetings. As you would expect there were lots of venue providers and several technology providers who had automated the traditional administration tasks […]
Meetings are essential to collaboration and decision making, but they are often irrelevant, time consuming and badly run. People tell us they spend an average of 2 days per week in meetings and 50% of it is wasted – we need to kill bad meetings. In decades working in complex matrix, virtual and global organisations […]
I was talking to a client recently who had been given the job of looking at how they could improve their meetings. Meetings are where most collaboration happens, and meetings also drive a lot of travel and they are where decision-making happens. If we can get our meetings to work then we have an impact […]
Many meetings consist largely of information giving. Much of it is irrelevant and could be delivered much more effectively outside the meeting. This is the kind of meeting where you sit passively whilst people present at you. There is little role for the participant beyond listening. A best you then discuss the information or make […]
Many so called ‘teams’ are actually ‘groups’. Confusing the two can cause boring meetings and damage ‘team spirit’. Teams require intensive collaboration and interdependence between people with different skills and capabilities around a common goal (what we at Global Integration call ‘spaghetti teams’) – for example in multidisciplinary problem solving. Groups consist of individuals with […]
As part of our Better Meetings Campaign, we are addressing the best way to run certain types of meetings. Today – brainstorming. The brainstorming meeting is based on a popular – but incorrect – assumption that groups generate more ideas than individuals on their own. In fact, it has been clear from research for many […]
Escaping from unnecessary meetings – expect resistance You would think it would be easy to cut down on the number of meetings you attend. About half of meetings content is irrelevant to some of the participants. It is an enormous business cost and a source of personal frustration. The business and emotional case is clear. […]
An increasing proportion of meetings and are being delivered through tools such as video conference, web meeting (such as WebEx or Lync) or conference call. The use of these technologies can bring a discipline to the conduct of meetings. If nothing else, they tend to be shorter and we need to work harder to pay […]
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