I showed this Jason Fried TED talk to the BIM 5 classes and got two completely different reactions. Perhaps there was an element of intercultural preferences in the reactions. The class that consists mainly of German students thought the ideas were very good. The other class which has many more communitarian cultures present were more skeptical.
For communitarian cultures a meeting has socializing value as well as pure “work” value. In fact the opportunity to participate may actually enhance productivity and effectiveness over time.
It was also pointed out that it depends on the kind of corporate culture you work in. Sure creative cultures may need more time to think alone, although many would argue against this as well.
Watch the video below and leave your comments if you have any.