Join Arianna Huffington for an in-depth discussion in this video Meetings/office, part of Taking Charge of Technology for Maximum Productivity.
- You have to truly examine the kind of culture you want to create in your organization. If you're going to bring your phone to your meeting and you're going to have your phone out and your laptop out, you've lost the game, and you're not going to get the most value out of your meeting and out of your employees. So this is the crunch. This is the moment of truth. All the research shows, not just mine, but across the board, that if you bring your phone to a meeting end everybody's bringing their phone to a meeting, that meeting is, I call them meetings that are not quite meetings.
You're not getting the bonding. You're not getting the community building. You're not getting the new ideas 'cause people aren't listening in an active way. They're not learning empathy. They're not learning to be in a community. They're not, it's not a great meeting. You're not getting your money's worth out of that meeting. To do that, to get that, you have to put down your phone and you have to say, it's very valuable to me and our company to have you here present during this meeting.
Not so valuable for me to use this meeting for you to catch up your mail or on other business that you might have. And I understand you're all very pressured and things are going to be going on in this meeting that don't seem relevant to you, but I, as the head of this organization, as the head of this department, I'm willing for you to waste a little time here and just be here with your colleagues. So this is a space, this is a sacred space. I like that phrase. I think it carries a little punch.
We're setting aside this as a sacred space as a no phone, no laptop place. This will radically change the quality of your meeting. People will come to the meeting with things to say. And then you say to them, you know, actually since we're spending so much money, now this meeting is worth money 'cause we're really concentrating and we have so much brainpower focused on this meeting. Come to this meeting with things you really want to talk to your colleagues about. So now people are preparing for the meeting.
They want to look good at the meeting. They do bring their questions. And they're listening to each other, and you're getting more value out of the meetings. Your meetings may get shorter. Your meetings may get interesting, and you're meetings will bring your company more value.
- Putting technology into perspective
- Becoming more empathetic
- Increasing creativity
- Balancing work
- Valuing your time
- Prioritizing friends and family