EXIT STRATE­GIES

Find­ing Brenda’s 20-minute meet­ing on bin man­age­ment a bit bor­ing? Re­search says walk out

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Bored in a meet­ing? Walk out. See col­leagues chat­ting? Wade in and de­mand they tell you what they’re dis­cussing. Got some­thing im­por­tant to say? Write a six-page memo and force your peers to read it – IN TO­TAL SI­LENCE. Once upon a time these were cer­tain ways to get your­self fired, but to­day? They’re the busi­ness tac­tics of some of the world’s great­est minds. Elon Musk walks out of co­matose meet­ings, Jeff Be­zos en­forces long me­mos, and an un­named Pay­Pal ex­ec­u­tive breaks into rooms and asks what peo­ple are talk­ing about (if it’s deemed un­wor­thy, said meet­ing is can­celled). Any­one who’s en­dured death by Pow­erPoint will know they’re onto some­thing. But what can you do to mix up meet­ings if your com­pany isn’t based in Sil­i­con Val­ley? Keep the guest list short, and if you can, do it stand­ing up. Groups of fewer than 20 peo­ple get the most done (the big­ger the group, the less likely we are to par­tic­i­pate), and re­search* has shown that stand-up meet­ings are 34% shorter than sit-down ones, but pro­duce the same so­lu­tions. Yes, it’s likely every­one will hate you a lit­tle bit – but that’s never stopped Elon Musk, has it?

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