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4 things I learned on great meetings

It’s a sweet thing to redesign my website. I get to go through all my older posts again: all these ideas on change, innovation and the crucial role of meetings. Time to share with you the 4 things I learned about meetings.   Lesson 1: Meetings are a means to an end This one sounds… 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 »

Have you ever met here?

Meetings can save the world (potentially)

And there it was, a small ray of hope in all the dark and gloom of 2015. Let’s face it: 2015 was not a great year: terror (starting and ending in Paris), war in Syria, mass migration on shaky boats… To name just a few highlights.   But the Climate Talks (also in Paris) ended… Read more »

Pic 2.2 leading meetings

Let’s rewire our managers!

How do typical managers think? For I while, I couldn’t get a satisfying answer to this question. Managers are people just like you and me, with the same diversity as we find in the real world. They have struggles, as we all do. And like us, they are putting a lot of effort in reconciling… 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 »

Now mirror your speech!

You are listening, aren’t you? (deep listening for beginners)

Meetings are all about communication and therefore listening. Without communication, the meeting would cease to exist.   The word ‘communication’ has a Latin origin of which the root is mun- (not uni-). The Latin munus has to do with gifts or duties offered publicly. In ancient Rome, the communicatio generally involved tangible goods. The word… Read more »

Navi Radjou

‘With Jugaad Innovation you save on time and resources’ – Interview with Navi Radjou

Navi Radjou is co-author of the bestseller Jugaad Innovation, in which he explains how emerging economies are innovating frugally by clever improvisation. Filled with many examples, Navi Radjou and his colleagues show that frugal innovation is flourishing in emerging countries. Think low-cost, high quality and affordable solutions in health care, energy, communications etcetera. Jugaad Innovation… Read more »

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The mirror we are ourselves

‘Well! If you can’t handle it, I’ll do it!’ She almost screamed the sentence then stood up and left the meeting room. She went straight to her working space, fell in her chair and gazed through the window. She felt exasperated. Her team was not able to pull it off.   The past 2 years,… Read more »

Standing out

What leadership for groups in confusion?

Sometimes I’m just a participant of a meeting. I cherish these meetings. I’m just one of the pack, do not need to lead the meeting and can decide my own role according to my whims. This time I was in an observing and learning mood. A crowd of approximately 40 participants had gathered around the… Read more »

21st century meetings

Are you asking the right questions? – different types of meetings

What questions to ask in your meetings? People unite and gather to make great achievements. When these gatherings become formal we call them meetings. And everyone will agree that there are good and bad meetings. Sadly enough, in most organisations the bad ones dominate over the good ones. And it is sad indeed. Because you… Read more »

Sleeping or saying something important?

Who is the hero of your staff meeting?

It was a former colleague at my first job that ignited my interest in meetings. He got me onto meetings… and how to avoid them (see also my other posts). But he did it in a strange way. Just after my graduation I started working for a big organisation, one of those where meetings proliferate…. Read more »

Paul Iske

‘There is always space to act innovatively’ – interview with Paul Iske

Paul Iske is the Chief Dialogues Officer at the ABN AMRO Bank. It’s an intriguing position in which he is responsible for the Dialogues House and Dialogues Incubator. The ABN AMRO Bank created these spaces to support entrepreneurial and innovative thinking and behaviour within and outside the bank.   Ruben: The Dialogues House and Dialogues… Read more »

When a yes means different things

Are your meetings clear about decisions?

Coming to a closure, also known as making decisions is always one of the most difficult challenges a group faces. Recently, I was leading a workshop on meetings and many participants faced the difficult issue of decision-making. One of the participants put it clearly: ‘I hate it when I’m being asked to join a meeting… Read more »

Celebrating 1 year of innovation / change / participation

Hurray! My site has reached the young age of 1. And look at all the possibilities that exist with number 1. 1 quote: ‘It’s better to be 3rd instead of 1st’ Malcolm Gladwell 1 thing I’m thankful for: Ella, born on October 11th 1 book that inspired me: ‘Delivering Happiness’ by Tony Hsieh   2011:… Read more »

The Hugh Grant of business transformation

The era of social media is teaching us new rules for public speaking. When the crowd is by definition connected to the rest of the world via smart phones, tablets and computers, you also need to change the way you’re presenting says blogger Drew Neisser. Don’t expect the crowd to look at you while you… Read more »