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Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers by Sharlyn Lauby

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Using power to control the brainstorming environment

Brainstorming relies upon participation from everyone in the meeting. In order for brainstorming to be successful, everyone needs to be a part of the discussion. In an article for Inc.com, Leigh Thompson, professor at the Kellogg School of Management and author of Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration shared a statistic about team dynamics that I wish was surprising: "In a typical six or eight person group, three people do 70 percent of the talking." This means that, during your next one-hour meeting, the remaining participants—those who aren't monopolizing the conversation—are contributing about four minutes each.

Thompson goes on to say, "The topper is that the dominant ...

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