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Using the Charity Proposition to Improve Analysis

“Listen to them, without reference to your own views, for elements of their analytic position that make sense to you. Is it possible that every single thing they say – those who oppose you – is wrong? Or are there

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Book Report: Black Box Thinking

“And this is invariably how progress happens. It is an interplay between the practical and the theoretical, between top-down and bottom-up, between creativity and discipline, between the small picture and the big picture. The crucial point – and the one

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Book Report: Will There Be Donuts?

“If you really mean to change the way you meet, you are going to be messing with the culture of the business and the deep-seated habits of its employees. You’re going to discover that very often the meetings are not

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David Pearl’s “Real Meeting Checklist”

To wrap up my old man yells at meetings series, inspired by and drawing heavily from David Pearl’s excellent Will There Be Donuts?, I’ll close the same way Pearl did, with his Real Meeting Checklist. If you’re fine living a life filled

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The Meeting for Meeting

“You can get your company together whenever you want. There is only one time you must get them together. And that’s when there appears to be no time, no budget, and no good reason. That’s when people really appreciate a purely

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The Meeting for Selling

“Selling is not just what the Sales department does. We are all selling, all the time. This includes selling stories, ideas, products, and, let’s not forget, ourselves.” – David Pearl In The Reasons Why People Meet, I introduced seven different types

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The Meeting for (Re)Solution

“When you see problem-solving as part of the learning cycle, you transform the (re)solution meeting from a chore to an essential, energizing aspect of your business.” – David Pearl In The Reasons Why People Meet, I introduced seven different types of

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The Meeting for Innovation

“A real invention meeting is a collective gathering that produces ideas which none of the participants would have had individually.” – David Pearl In The Reasons Why People Meet, I introduced seven different types of meeting. In this post, we examine

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The Meeting for Decision

“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Teddy Roosevelt In The Reasons Why People

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The Meeting for Discussion

“A real discussion clearly requires a good blend of different perspectives. You want to pick people who can look at a topic in a way that will challenge the blind spots, prejudices, and supposings.” – David Pearl In The Reasons Why

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