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Meet Spike

make meetings faster.
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Readers may recall that in the Nineties, it was de riguer to have 'standing meetings' where, because people are only allowed to stand, people generally kept their waffle to a minimum and the meeting was finished with as few extraneous conversations as possible.

Skip forward a few years and this tradition seems to have been overlooked. I therefore propose the meeting spike, each meeting room table is surrounded by spikes, at roughly chair height (the chairs having been removed), thus, not only is it more uncomfortable because you can no longer stand and rest on the table, you can also no longer sit. Hey presto, they afternoon is free for productivity. Or going home.
neilp, Oct 27 2004

two spikes would be an extravagence. http://hem.passagen.se/dunsel/ba2-5.htm
you might want to turn the sound down. [neilp, Oct 27 2004]

Get better health and more creative meetings by WALKING! http://www.workings...inutes_Nov30_06.htm
Get better health and more creative meetings by WALKING! [Hovsada, Aug 21 2009]

I like the "walking meetings" idea. I wish that i could get the linked guidelines broadly accepted in my workplace. Too many cats and loose cannons though. http://www.manageme...g/misc/mtgmgmnt.htm
[normzone, Aug 21 2009]


       excuse me, is this spike taken?
benfrost, Oct 27 2004

       //Skip forward a few years and this tradition seems to have been overlooked.//   

       Much like we have also put aside "Theory Z", William Ouchi, and a good deal of the Japanese-translated corporate productivity theory espoused in the late '70s and early '80s.
jurist, Oct 27 2004

       [jurist] - I've spent more time in meetings which has been unconstructive than construtive.
neilp, Oct 27 2004

       Yeah, I get your point. Can I go now? +
k_sra, Oct 27 2004

       Can we spike the punch?   

       no need to be so sharp [k_sra].
neilp, Oct 27 2004

       I managed to annoy one of the managers in a previous employment who insisted on having stood-up meetings by always attending them in a wheelchair.
oneoffdave, Oct 27 2004

       probably knew it was the only way he'd get you to look up to him [oneoff].
neilp, Oct 27 2004

       [neilp], just got out of a meeting that could have used this technique. In fact the only thing that WOULD have made that meeting more fun would be a sharp stick in the eye.
k_sra, Oct 27 2004

       I don't think the spike part of this idea is used effectively. Mount them on the walls, and have them close in slowly. Now your meetings have controlled end times.
Worldgineer, Oct 27 2004

       Sharp sticks in meetings. Always a good idea. +
hazel, Oct 27 2004

       So the Board Room (Bored Room?) gets decked out like one of those old Iron Maiden torture closets? Sounds reasonable. +
vigilante, Oct 27 2004

       Hard to balance when you're wearing pole pants.
RayfordSteele, Oct 28 2004

       What are pole pants?
bristolz, Oct 28 2004

       [neilp] You know him then?
oneoffdave, Oct 28 2004

       Jostling to get close to the boss: "Knock knock"
"Who's there?"
"Sheesh, Who?"
The other attendees in unison: "Shish Kebab!"
reensure, Dec 05 2004

       /Hard to balance when you're wearing pole pants. — RayfordSteele, Oct 27 2004 /   

       No, no, these are pole pants. That is how they are supposed to look. Special pants. Here, feel the pole. It's built in!   

       It occurs to me that hard to balance when you're wearing pole pants   

       rhymes, and might be from a poem. I will google.
bungston, Aug 19 2009


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