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Meeting tip: ‘often work in small groups’ (video)

Having a fruitful conversation in your meeting is hard Here’s the first meeting tip. Many meetings are about taking ideas further and making decisions. But having a fruitful conversation to achieve that is no easy task. Especially with all the diversity in your team. You have the talkative ones, the silent ones, the creative ones,… Read more »

Big meeting (1 of 2)

Meetings can save the world (potentially) – part II

In my last blog I discussed how great meetings potentially save the world. As an example I used the Climate Talks in Paris of last December, during which the meeting was brought to a successful close by using the Indaba, an inclusive meeting technique. And so I advocated (and still do) the use of many… Read more »

Confusion

Are you ready for the new game?

The game called collaboration ‘If collaboration is cool, if cross-functional working is so amazing, why do we build these huge hierarchies?’   That’s Eddie Obeng talking, in his great TED-talk ‘Smart failure for a fast-changing world’. He claims that the rules of the game have drastically changed in our 21st century. Our main problem, as… Read more »

How many meetings do you have?

How to get your whole team to work

How team size and meeting size relate ‘Our meeting rooms fit a maximum of 8 participants.’ I was being guided through the new headquarters of a major bank. Of course the design of the brand new offices showed the decency and the wealth you may expect from a conservative institution as a bank. But I… Read more »

design (1 of 1)

Improving your meetings is a waste of time!

Is improving your meetings a good idea? Most meetings are an energy drain. Everyone working for or with a big organisation knows that. So I often get clients that would like to see their meetings improved.   – Why do you want to improve your meetings? – Well, says the client, I’d love to see… Read more »

Finding the unexpected

9 signs you’re taking innovation seriously

Innovation: a difficult topic How well are managers able to judge the value of innovation within their organisations?   I was running a workshop for innovators within a big company. Great and novel ideas were discussed, challenges were solved and exiting business models were created. Yet, in the background everyone feared his or her idea… Read more »