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The non-profit I work for is populated with some PhDs at the top. They seem to love talking more than anything else. After joining the organization I noticed that meetings never seemed to issue in any decisions or actions. I gently suggested that at the end of each meeting they call for “next action steps.” The founder looked at me, paused, and exclaimed “That’s brilliant!” They later dropped the new habit and now have more meetings than ever.
At my old company, pretty much everyone was invited to attend everyone else’s meetings. The idea was that by doing so, everyone would have a voice in company decisions, big or small. The problem was that there were so many …[READ MORE]