Surviving boring meetings: think about football, food or underwear
The UK guardian, reports that business meetings in the UK have become so boring that most participants totally mentally check out.
However apparently this has an "up-side" as it stimulates the participants creative thinking – a bit like being in the shower or out on a long walk!
Apparently doodling has been overtaken by a range of ingenious games, including:
- Office Bingo - a form of bingo based on predictable phrases in presentations
- Thinking about Football (mostly men)
- Pondering the dress sense of colleagues
The advice offered includes banning participants from using blackberries and texting and making them change seats regularly.
Apparently actually trying to make the meetings interesting, useful and well run is considered too stupid to even suggest!
However if you have not given up on meetings altogether you could check out my Fifteen great techniques for teams for a few pointers.
Bioteams Books Reviews
I was introduced to an interesting book and web site, The Organizational Zoo, by Arthur Shelley which offers humorous observations of the characteristics and behaviours of the other creatures in your "organizational Zoo".