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Shani Harmon
Shani Harmon is the Co-Founder of Stop Meeting Like This. For the last fifteen years she has focused on building the capabilities of individuals within organizations and eradicating wasteful and mindless activity within Fortune 500 companies around the world.

Shani fundamentally believes that work need not suck. Her practice is aimed at making it possible for people to be more connected and inspired by their own organizations and in turn, make greater contributions than they previously thought possible.

In the course of her work she has literally observed, designed and facilitated thousands of hours of meetings. Her big takeaway? We have to Stop Meeting Like This.

Entries by Shani Harmon

Are Your Meetings Collaborative... or Just Crowded? Four Factors to Consider.

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 5:15 PM

We were helping our client Sandra spring clean her meeting calendar last week paying particular attention to her recurring meetings -- those time sucking (and often soul sucking) meetings that once calendared, never seem to go away. When we discovered a weekly 90-minute meeting that had 20 participants,...

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Goldilocks Goes to a Meeting

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 6:19 PM

Some meetings are too hot. Some meetings are too cold. And some meetings -- a very few --are just right.

A meeting is too hot when it's full of conflict, simmering tension, and just plain old bad behavior. People talk past or over one another, resulting in talk, talk, talk,...

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When Is a Good Conversation Bad?

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 7:37 PM

"How do you think that went?" I asked Colin as we stood up from the table. His reply: "Really great. I thought it was a good conversation."

But here's the problem: this was a decision-making meeting, not a cocktail party. The table was in the board room, not the dining...

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The Two Meetings That Should Be Mandatory

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 2:56 PM

It's easy to assume that because we named our company "Stop Meeting Like This" that we think meetings are bad. It's important to clarify that we believe meetings are an essential forum for collaborating, sharing information and making decisions. In fact, what we want to talk about today is the...

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The One Change That Changes Everything for the Better

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 1:52 PM

Here at Stop Meeting Like This, we have adopted a new practice when we meet with each other or with clients. Meetings are scheduled for 20, 45, or 75 minute increments.

Meetings only start at the top of the hour or at half-past. The result: 10 - 15 minutes...

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2014: The Year We Confronted the Meeting Menace

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 9:56 AM

Q: What has the potential power to kill Barbie, cost billions, and cripple teams?

A: Bad meetings

We have met the enemy and it is us. The secret is out -- we're wasting hundreds of hours and millions of dollars in pointless meetings across...

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Breaking Through the Plexiglass for a Real Connection

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 1:28 PM


What's the role of connection in the modern organization? Some might argue that there isn't one - it's just a touchy feely idea which has no place in a "serious business." On the other hand, what we know about serious business today is that it couldn't...

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Mindfulness. The Key to Productivity?

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:18 PM

So mindfulness and productivity walk in to a bar...

Have you heard this one? Probably not, because it's unimaginable. Why would mindfulness and productivity be hanging out? After all, mindfulness is about being in the present moment, living consciously and joyfully, paying attention on purpose. Productivity is about efficiency, continuous...

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Team Performance - in a F*L*A*S*H*

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 10:10 AM

First there were Flash Mobs. Then there were Smart Mobs. Now, enter Flash Teams.

As defined by Stanford researcher, Daniela Retelny, a Flash Team is a group of experts brought together for their specific skills to solve a complex problem on an accelerated timeframe. Flash...

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What's Your Meeting Brand?

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:20 PM

Co-authored by HuffPost Blogger Renee Cullinan

Are you the Motel 6 or the Four Seasons of meetings? Whether you know it or not, your meetings have a brand and the people in your organization know what to expect when they "check in" to one of them.

A shoestring meeting has...

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Connecting the Dots -- A Vital and Neglected Capability

(3) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:23 PM

In 1430, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Its impact on civilization is profound: It brought about a sharp rise in literacy, accelerated growth of the emergent middle class and reshaped the very structure of society. It is widely regarded as one of the most influential events in human history....

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Third Metric Meetings: Reinventing the Modern Meeting

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 10:57 AM

At this year's Wisdom 2.0 conference, incredible speakers ranging from Arianna Huffington to Eckhart Tolle to Tony Hsieh to Alanis Morissette described new ways of connecting, of creating, and of fostering wisdom. If only those pesky meetings didn't get in the way...

This year's conference focused on "Wisdom in the...

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