Friends don’t let Friends …. Knit Drunk. Sorry to start a post with such a disturbing image. It all started with a schooner of sweet sherry, now just look at those loose stitches, and the wool colours. All so preventable and very wrong. Sometimes it is necessary to share startling graphic images to highlight the consequences […]
Choice Architecture; how to avoid being a ‘Meeting Lemming’
This post follows the one I wrote about meetings being a virus that use human hosts to reproduce. Paul Taylor rightly questioned; ‘we know meetings are a problem, but why are we unable to do anything about them?’. Ultimately there’s something strange going on with meeting attendance; people cannot, or do not want to, change their […]
Meetings are a Viral Lifeform. How to Avoid Infection and Practice Sabotage
Meetings are a type of Virus that use humans as hosts to replicate….. That might strike you as an odd statement; but have a look at the Dilbert cartoon and think about how you would answer these questions: Have you ever gone to a meeting where you have no idea why you are there? At […]
Make Meetings Count – Literally, with Meeting Ticker and Clockwork Meetings.
Ask the internet and often it delivers more than you expected. Today was one of those days. About two weeks ago I ended up in a Twitter discussion with Shirley Ayres and Paul Taylor about how much time gets wasted in meetings. It started with a post about are meetings are the symptom of bad […]
Jargon. A tool of exclusion, efficient technical language or just the ‘cheeping of birds’?
My last post about meetings led to a bit of a discussion about jargon. It’s something that’s despised by many people, but has probably been used by most of us on occasions . So I’m being particularly carefull to avoid using it in this post. It’s worth having a think about why jargon exists and […]
Better Understanding – the benefit of meetings. Remember the first time?
Does anyone remember the first meeting they called? I can, it was quite an anxious experience. Suddenly I had POWER! Power to take people away from doing something useful and have them sit around a table with me for a few hours. Outside of the work that kind of power would be considered a big […]
Meetings are the symptom of bad organisation. Yes, but no, but maybe?
For anyone who works in a large organisation this will resonate. You can back it up with comments you might have heard over the years, like; “meetings suck the life-force out of me”, “that’s two hours of my life I will never get back” and “that was a big waste tax payers / shareholders money”. Top […]