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Working remotely doesn’t save you from excessive meetings. By Zoom or in a room, meetings often drain time and energy, with the loudest, most ambitious and most senior people present fighting for domination while everyone else mentally composes the three-line memo that could have replaced the meeting. How do you throw a meeting that is 10 times better – a “10x meeting” – than the usual? According to Darren Chait, meetings provide a microcosm of a company’s processes, dynamics and culture. He knows meetings – he’s the co-founder and COO of Hugo, a platform for sharing meeting notes. His guest post for Atlassian’s Work Life blog supplies actionable tips for achieving more effective meetings.

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Darren Chait is the author of 10X Culture: The 4-Hour Meeting Week and 25 Other Secrets from Innovative, Fast-Moving Teams, and co-founder and COO of Hugo, a platform for sharing and collaborating on meeting notes.

 

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Meetings reveal your corporate culture.

If you wonder whether your company’s culture is healthy, evaluate your meetings. Corporate meetings reveal a company’s habits and the relationship dynamics among its individual employees. Meetings provide a window into the organization’s broader processes. Handled correctly, meetings can become a force for good that improves engagement and efficiency. In 2014, Ford CEO Alan Mulally said he turned the company around by “using meetings to improve company culture.”

Hugo, a platform for sharing meeting notes, strives for “10x meetings” – meetings that are 10 times more effective than normal meetings. Such meetings provide benefits that extend beyond the meeting itself. A 10x meeting “demonstrates and sets” organizational culture.

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