- Sign Up
- Sign In
“How could we have been so stupid?” President John F. Kennedy asked his advisors after they had blundered into the Bay of Pigs invasion. This question doesn’t only apply to the Bay of Pigs decision-makers but also to those who led the United States into such major fiascos as the attack of Pearl Harbor, the Korean War and the escalation of the Vietnam War. Historical reports about formal group meetings and informal conversations among the members showed that the groups that committed the fiascos were victims of what is called the ‘groupthink’.
After more than a year of major overhauls and minor tweaks, we are finishing our beta.
Predicting the future is not a science. However, for companies who want to survive in today's arduous market environment, it's becoming more and more imperative to look ahead and try to predict how the technology advances, globalization and employees' desire to be more mobile will impact the way business is run.
Solitude is no longer in fashion in today's world. The New York Times called the beginning of this year "The Rise of the New Groupthink". Most of us now work in teams, in offices where there are no walls, for managers who prize collaboration above all. The New Groupthink has transformed our offices and our minds. The problems we face nowadays are more complex than ever before, and people are experiencing that need to stand on one another's shoulders in order to solve them. We can hate meetings, but all the most important decisions are made during meetings.
Welcome to 2012! A whole new year, a new beginning, so we thought it might be time to share a New Year's Resolution with our yaM family. Our 2012 is all about no more wasted meeting time. With all the time spent in meetings, it is well worth the effort to make your meetings matter. The best way to do it is to follow our blog and apply the top-rated techniques in your company's meeting strategy.
A new year is always a time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make, a time for reconsideration and improvement. According to expert predictions, the year 2012 is going to be a lot more mobile than the previous one. The number of remote workers is bound to increase considerably and the use of online collaboration tools like yaM will be more widespread. Our special Christmas issue will share some tried-and-true tips with you to enjoy a successful stress-free end of the year and to start a new year with a smile and a huge desire for change, improvement and achievement. The yaM team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
Meetings, meetings, meetings…They can be effective, boring, long, short, unproductive, fruitful, a waste of time. Have you ever come to the end of a staff meeting and wondered what was accomplished? Most of us have. For meetings to be productive, they must first be on purpose. Second, they should have a clear agenda. In our 15th issue of the last week’s top links we are going to talk about brainstorm meetings and how to run them using yaM, learn how to make boring meetings more fun and discuss why most meetings are a waste of time. Remember: Time is Money!
This is our take on the whole meeting problem, presented in a visual way.
"Meeting" is defined as "an act or process of coming together as an assembly for a common purpose". Meetings can serve a number of useful purposes. They can be used to spread the information and keep every employee informed about projects, progress, decisions, changes, or new initiatives. They can be used to brainstorm and solve problems. They can be used to coordinate the activities and efforts of different parts of the organization. They can also provide good two-way communications between managers and staff. But in all cases the purpose and the rules of a meeting are defined by the person who called the meeting. Are you interested in learning more on this topic? Then, join us in welcoming the 14th issue of the last week's top links! Stay tuned!
An endless boring meeting...All the participants are yawning and dozing off. We will help you plan your escape! You will need: a boring meeting to attend, a notepad and a pen and our Issue #13. Follow our blog and learn how to kill time in boring meetings!