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I haven't taken the laptop out of the house in nearly 3 years. I gave up when continually faced by a hedge of laptop lids facing me round the meeting table. Barriers.

So I started taking a small moleskines pad with me and a pen. I occasionally whip it out with a  flourish and jot something down - otherwise it's attentive listening and observation of body language and reactions, and a better understanding of where the meeting is going.

Since I started this, there are fewer and fewer laptop lids in evidence. It's not me - it was just a fad, and now people have discovered for themselves that it was an unproductive fad.

Meetings! My father wrote a book about meetings, company secretary that he was. I shall have to diary my meetings thoughts, but not for a while. BTW after 40 years, I now accept that my father was right. Most meetings need to be structured to ensure the optimal decision-making process (Optimal for robust decisions, enduring motivation and cost). I suspect Frank S. might think the same.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Feb 3rd, 2010 at 12:27:26 PM EST
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"Most meetings need to be structured to ensure the optimal decision-making process"

Absolutely, I sat through so many rambling meetings at Uni, the supposed chairman allowing people to wander off-topic, discussing things we'd been over  before and about which they had nothing constructive to add.  

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Feb 3rd, 2010 at 02:13:33 PM EST
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"Let's have another meeting to find out why we're not getting any work done."

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Feb 3rd, 2010 at 02:38:13 PM EST
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