Stand Up!

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Posted August 24, 2011 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder
Google is certainly one of the world’s most innovative and effective companies. Therefore they theoretically have important business practices aiding in their efficiency and genius. One such practice circulated a few years back, though I can’t find any confirmation from the folks at Google. This practice was mentioned again to me this weekend. And whether it’s confirmed or unconfirmed, I think it’s worth mentioning.
Rumor has it, Google at one time required all meetings to be “stand up” meetings. No chairs, just a circle. Why? It’s the “let’s get this over with and get back to work” factor. When you’re sitting, it’s easy to relax back in that comfy conference room chair and zone out while your boss runs numbers, but when you’re standing, it’s not so easy.
And it doesn’t just work for group meetings. One savvy Minnesota business woman is known for her “walk and talks” with staff and colleagues. If you have a 1:1 scheduled with her, you’d better wear comfy shoes because 99% of the time, she’ll start the meeting with, “Let’s walk and talk.”
Standing gets your blood flowing, your body engaged in the process and your mind ready to make decisions quickly and move on. Walking even more so. Imagine having a meeting about next steps in a project while you are literally perpetuating forward motion. Your body’s movements will match the meetings movements, adding to productivity and enhancing efficiency.
So the next time you’re stuck on an idea or can’t stand the idea of one more boring meeting, shake things up a little and propose a standing meeting or a “walk and talk”. You might just see results.


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

2 Comments


  1.  
    Gina Marie

    Have you heard of treadmill conference rooms? I've heard a lot of healthcare companies are starting to incorporate them into their offices.




  2.  
    Chicago Career Girl

    So cool! I know someone who has a treadmill desk, but I hadn't heard of full conference rooms. That would rock!





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