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Mind Your Manners: Managing Business Culture in the New Global Europe by John Mole

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Meetings

A litmus test for gauging where an organization lies on the Mole Map is the importance of meetings. The more significant meetings are for decision making and implementation, the lower down the leadership scale the organizational culture is likely to be. The number of meetings or how long they take is not important. What does matter is how necessary they are in getting things done.

In systematic organizations there is a regular schedule of different sorts of meeting. Apart from regular briefing and information meetings, there will be specialized taskforces, committees, and groups, all with specified purposes, agendas, and meticulous minutes. They start and end on time, even on the rare occasions when the business of the meeting is not ...

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