|Re: Meeting strategies: Efficiency.||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 6 Jun 94 13:10 CDT|
, David Hungerford asked: I don't know if it is necessary for every group to go through the endless talking stage, like a preschooler who is learning language and expression, but we currently believe that a more effective group process is to go for economy of meeting time and minimization of redundancy (of course, we can always change our minds, no process/procedure need be permanent.) Have other "moved-in" groups had the same experience? At Sharingwood much of the endless talking function comes around the dinner table so we need less time together in meetings to discuss some of the issues which come up. Although what sometimes happens is that those who don't attend dinner miss the conversations and end of "out of the loop". What has begun to happen about this is that if something comes up at dinner, an effort is made to talk with others who would be interested or affected before the meeting. For example at dinner it was discussed getting some landscaping materials dumped at the end of the visitor parking area. Since the two people who live closest to this were not at dinner they were contacted and asked about it. We are very big on trying to have our large group monthly meeting only deal with things that are best done by the large group (such as information transfer and brainstorming) and we punt most issues and details to small groups as much as possible.
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