Meetings: The Opposite of Brainstorming

After just reading the agenda for an upcoming meeting, I came across this post relative to the brainfreeze pain, then numbness, we often experience during long, draining, sometimes contentious, artificial interactions.

Writer Seth Godin reflects on meetings:

Where do you find good ideas?

Do you often find ideas that change everything in a windowless conference room, with bottled water on the side table and a circle of critics and skeptics wearing suits looking at you as the clock ticks down to the 60 minutes allocated for this meeting?

If not, then why do you keep looking for them there?

The best ideas come out of the corner of our eye, the edge of our consciousness, in a flash.  They are the result of misdirection and random collisions, not a grinding corporate onslaught.  And yet we waste billions of dollars in time looking for them where they’re not….

Uninvite the devil’s advocate, since the devil doesn’t need one, he’s doing fine.

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