Virtual meetings have been an eye opener. I liken it to sitting in a meeting room with mirrored walls and ceilings. If we weren’t distracted from the agenda before, we are now. We’ve learned that if your attention can go elsewhere it does. Filters, sound, lag, lighting, dogs and children, backgrounds, emoji’s give us no end of distraction. How many times did our COVID enforced virtual meetings remind us that most meetings regardless of format usually take time from getting stuff done? It’s not that they kill productivity, they just put it on hold, like a break at the water cooler. While we’ve been busy rearranging participant windows, private chatting, and snacking our way through meetings, true collaboration has suffered. We need to find faster, cheaper and easier ways to collaborate.
The answer is facilitated meetings using standard productivity tools. In some businesses that will be Kanban boards, Data Analytic dashboards or Strategy Slams. We offers the best collaboration tools on the market. Contact us about Dr. Edward de Bono’s Parallel Thinking approach. Thinking in Parallel (instead of talking in turn) is the inclusive, SCARF friendly, low drama alternative badly needed in the next normal.