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In meetings, stand and you'll deliver

Ditch the chairs for more productivity.

The next great idea generated at your team meeting may come not from the guy sitting across the table, but the colleague standing alongside you.

A study done at Washington U. in St. Louis concluded that staying on your feet during a normal 30-minute meeting is more effective in channeling group creativity and reducing territoriality than an old-style boardroom sit-down.

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“When seated, people are more prone to take notes on their notepads than work on a joint output,” says WU’s Andrew Knight, Ph.D. A stand-up meeting—ideally in a room with just open space, a whiteboard, and possibly a high-top worktable—encourages a team to collaborate and “can trigger a less individually oriented mindset.”


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