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Shopify axed all their meetings - should you?

“Shopify axe meetings with more than two people.”

Should you?

Actually the headline is misleading. They axed recurring meetings for 2 weeks...

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You might be thinking about meetings the wrong way...

When we work on leadership, we expect to go deep, reflect, explore ourselves and others.

I’m not sure people have the same expectation about meetings....

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Reset your meetings by piggybacking on a 'moment of change'

Meetings have a habit of resisting improvement. They ping back like an elastic band.

But there are moments in time when people are open to change.

And one of...

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Collaborative organisations - not just more, but different...

If you’re going to lead better meetings, I need to shake the foundations under your feet.

Here goes.

Though there are MANY expressions of how...

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Don't mistake informality for psychological safety

Leaders confuse informality with distributed power. Not the same.

“Ohhhh, we all say what we think in this team”

“There’s no...

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Three questions to reset how you meet

10 years ago, I was too 'scared' to ask people how a meeting I was leading went.

Let's not open that can of worms.

We all did our best. We're all so, so...

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We're innovating the wrong meetings

A lot of innovation in meetings focuses on innovation meetings.

Most of the meetings people actually spend their working life in are much more mundane.


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My journey to creating FewerFasterBolder...

10 years ago I was absolutely swamped with meetings.

I didn’t really have a clue how to make any of them properly support what me and my team were...

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Capture FULL value at the end of a meeting - without just noting down actions

Here are 8 great questions I ask all the time.

The end of a meeting is juicy opportunity to capture and transfer value.

And to create a clear, committed,...

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Meeting 101

Old way:                                         ...

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How can we give people a fair swap for their time in meetings?

My research shows that people want ‘a fair swap’ when they go to a meeting.

Crucially relative to the time they give up and the cognitive effort...

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Why it's so hard to change meeting culture

Meeting patterns have worn a DEEP groove into our corporate psyche.

If you’ve tried to improve your meeting culture and not managed to make a big dent,...

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You don't need to fix anyone in meetings

Leaders, how’s your coaching?

There is no more powerful place to develop your coaching leadership style* than in a meeting.

What you say and do in a...

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Most meetings need a bit of scaffolding

Stop winging it. Start scaffolding.

With zero structure, meetings become circular, inefficient or dominated by a handful of people.

With too much structure,...

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Friend, I see you in back to back meetings all day

I see you in back-to-back meetings all day.

I see you hello!-ing and how-are-you?-ing on the hour, every hour.

I see you starting the meeting. But not really...

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Why you shouldn't go to the same meetings as your direct reports

Start the week by getting out of your team's way.

If you’re invited to the same meeting as someone who reports to you, ask yourself:

Why am I...

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Did you know there are two types of conflict - one good, one bad?

I don’t really like conflict.

It makes me feel a bit sick, especially in meetings where any disagreement is played out in full view of everyone.


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Improve something about a meeting in 60 seconds

If one thing in one meeting is annoying you…

~ Wait, ONE thing? ~

One thing for now.

The simplest, lowest friction way to change is just to reflect on...

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Handling elephants in the (meeting) room

When trust is shaky, there is a simple, high integrity way to develop it.

Most people don’t do it.

Here it is, with four examples.

When you meet with...

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A conversation pattern for turning bad conflict into good conflict

Few of us enjoy having a tense stand off in a meeting. It's exhausting. It slows work down. It makes teams perform poorly.

But here's the thing.


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Three go-to 'scaffolds' that sharpen any meeting

May I introduce you to scaffolding? Supportive rules that underpin faster, bolder meetings...

Part of reason some meetings are frustrating,...

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Understanding tribal behaviour at work will change your life

(This article is from my Thursday FrictionFree email - get it in your inbox every week)

Tribes are how human society formed to survive safely in a dangerous...

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