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Open-Ended Meetings

Free your mind

Once employees feel challenged, invigorated and productive, their efforts will naturally translate into profit and growth for the organisation. – Ricardo Semler

In a Nutshell

Meetings are the lifeblood of every organization but increasingly, there have been rousing battle cries to do away with meetings, which are considered a drain on resources and time. Yet, not all meetings are created equal.

Welcome to “Heavenly Beekeeping”.

Companies excel at setting multiple meetings when it concerns profits. Unfortunately, other important aspects of the business don’t get discussed properly although they have a direct bearing on how the business performs. Topics that focus on motivation, participation and integration amongst people – all of which have a long-term impact on company performance – are overlooked because of the short-term focus on bottom line or meeting shareholder interests.

Getting these strategic policies right is especially important during critical junctures in the company. They require time, deep thought and a flow of ideas – luxuries that are unavailable to leaders when they’re taking care of day-to-day business. As knowledge is often concentrated in the hands of leaders, it is a good step to start these meetings within the company leadership.

These meetings are not only about designing programs and implementing them, but also about reflecting on the principles and purposes that underpin these programs. Laying such a strong foundation of thought allows leaders to effectively implement initiatives, especially radical ones, because it’s easier for employees to buy into great ideas that benefit them as well as the company.



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