In Meetings, Stand and You’ll Deliver


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.”