Vote then discuss

children playing with Chinese calculator

If in any meeting the higher in rank talks first, the others will follow, and this kills initiative and creativity.

Next time you have a meeting with a team, ask the person in charge to follow this process:

  1. ask a question
  2. have everyone vote secretly (write on a paper) their answers
  3. reveal all the answer and have a discussion

For example:

  1. Are we ready to ship the product? (open questions are better, but for the sake of making a simple example I go against my own rules)
  2. People write their answers
  3. If the answers are different then have a chat, possibly with the leader staying silent, unless a final word is needed.

à bientôt

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