There is a wonderful article in a recent edition of Fast Company about the two founders of FITiST and how they start their day.
It seems the two founders start each day with a run and more importantly conduct their meetings while they run.
Here is what one of the co-founders Caroline Limpert says:
‘When you’re running, your endorphins are up, you’re out of a traditional office — out of your element. You’re able to talk about things more openly and candidly.’
I couldn’t agree more.
Whilst a running meeting might not be everyone’s cup of tea is would suggest a daily walking meeting.
– It ensures that you exercise every day.
This means that you are more mentally and physically alert during the rest of the day.
– There is no powerpoint.
People have to actually listen and contribute based on the conversation rather than falling asleep whilst pretending to listen slide number 45.
– The group has to be small (less than 6).
Smaller groups are often more dynamic, engaging and productive.
– A walking meeting is fun, different and you are surrounded by new stimulus which might just lead to new ideas and solution.
– And lastly a walking meeting is a perfect example of the creativity you need to achieve a better work-life balance and to improve your and the team’s productivity (i.e. do more with less).