In “New Meeting Rules: Five Minutes, Max” featured in today’s The Wall Street Journal (page A11), Sue Shellenbarger describes a new trend in meetings — short, short, short, limiting participants to speaking no more than 5 to 15 minutes. While efficiency can certainly be maximized by keeping the long-winded employee in check, if good ideas are presented at these abbreviated sessions, hopefully the deliberative process will not be forfeited to restricted time blocks. Those ideas may just need additional blocks of time before they too get cut off. If this represents a new wave in discussion models, companies should take precautions to apply these limitations on an even and balanced basis.
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