A recent Inc. article describes huddles as “too streamlined to irk even hard-core meeting grouches” because they use the following ground rules:
• They last no longer than 15 minutes
• They begin on time
• They prohibit “problem solving”
Beyond this, huddles are customizable: They can occur at any agreed upon time of day; they can follow a formulaic agenda or be more improvisational; they can include all staff or key leaders.
"If you're a small organization, not doing this is crazy," says Patrick Lencioni, author of Death by Meetings. "When you're small, you can develop connections among staff that make you more nimble. Daily check-ins help you build a culture of unity and sustain it as you grow."
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