Archive for April, 2008

The pitfalls of collective brainpower

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Sarah Treleaven, Financial Post

Published: Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sarah Treleaven, Financial Post Published: Saturday, March 15, 2008

If meetings are widely considered a waste of time, that’s because, well, they can be a waste of time. Paul Godin, a mediator with Stitt Feld Handy Group in Toronto, says that too often meetings have no clear purpose, plan or outcome. “People are happy to talk about what’s wrong, what could be done, what should be done, but without ever committing themselves to a plan of action moving forward. Meetings can be hijacked by verbal chaos that makes people feel like pulling their hair out.”

Jeff Gibson is vice-president of consulting for the Table Group, a California-based company. He’s heard more than his fair share of hyperbolic statements about workplace meetings. “People often say to us that they’d really love their job if they didn’t have to go to meetings and manage people, which is really a little tragic. If you think about it, at a certain point in your career, what else do you do?” (more…)