Rick Maurer, author of Beyond the Wall of Resistance and other books on leadership and change, developed the Energy Bar™ as a free tool to help people in organizations get their ideas across in ways that get people committed and engaged. RickRick has advised leaders from many countries on ways to apply this new tool successfully.


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Are All-Hands Meetings Worth the Bother?

. . . or any other big meeting for that matter?

I've attended a lot of dreadful big meetings. Sometimes they're called all-hands meetings, town halls, or something else. These big meetings usually involve almost everyone in the organization.

I wondered if other people had the same cynical reaction that I did to these meetings. So, I conducted a survey. I invited people on my mailing list to answer the three questions listed below, and I got 144 responses. These are men and women who are leaders at all levels in their organizations, consultants and educators, and others who just seem interested in the human part of making organizations work.  

Here is a link to the white paper I just wrote. In addition to the summary of what I learned, I include verbatim comments from people who responded. Those comments are like a master class in what we ought to pay attention to when we are considering putting together big meetings.


I hope you find this paper useful.

-       Rick Maurer