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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
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Meetings considered harmful: (from signal vs. noise)
Researchers in organisational psychology have confirmed that meetings are, well, evil. A study conducted by the University of Minnesota found that the amount and length of meetings correlate with “negative effects” (burnout, anxiety, and depression) on its participants.
They break your working day into small, incoherent pieces on a schedule incompatible with the natural breaks in your flowHere is one reason that the information flow is so low---after you have been meetings with the same people for a while, you can predict with 98% accuracy exactly what everyone will say. Somehow the meeting causes people to 'dig in' to their original positions.
As a rule, the less you say in the meeting, the more that people pay attention to you when you do speak.
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