Listen: John Lennon, CTO, Chief Of Staff discussed on The Twenty Minute VC
"He'd have a assistant keep kind of close time on the meeting and he'd lined up outside of his office, the timer, and they would come in and deliver their five minutes and five minutes. He'd make a decision. The decision will be recorded. It'd be followed by and boom. The next meeting would start and I read this and I was like, wow, what an amazing you can meet twelve people in an hour and that sort of thinking, you know, we've got a one hundred people in my office in say, Berlin, why not meet all hundred eight hours in giving each five minutes. So that's what I started to do. And now when I visited a site just last week, for example, I was in Tyson's corner, Virginia got seventy five people. There took three hundred seventy five minutes to get through the entire office. But at the end of the day, the diva you have collected is quite shorter and here's how you do it. You tell everyone they're going to get five minutes. One of the other tricks did not just have. Get five minutes with you, but I also brought our chief of staff and brought our CTO. So everyone gets a five minute meeting with the CTO with me and my chief of staff, and it takes all day. You have an assistant run the clock, shuffled people in shuffle people around. You have to stay on time, never ever over and you'd be stunned how much you can accomplish in five minutes how much you learned from someone in five minutes. People get right to the point. There's no bullshit. There's no small talk. It's just, here's what's on my mind. It's a exercise in communication. It's an exercise and clarity at the end of the day, and one other technique is when you ask them when they sit down. I just asking open question. I say something like, tell me what's on your mind. Tell me what you're working on and they will come with a few of the critical key things they're thinking about. It's on their mind and take notes, and I sorta take notes as the person's talking. I listen more than talk, and fact they listened pretty much the whole time and then thank them for their thoughts and move on. And the output of the day is two things. One is that you know have seventy five data points times three from the other two people around one of the critical things going on in that office. And when you hear the same theme to emerge, five, ten twenty times probably something to. That's the first thing. Secondly, boy to people appreciate getting five minutes with the CEO. And even though it doesn't seem like a lot day can say, whatever is on their mind. They have my undivided attention that you know, it's my attention, the attention of CTO. So you inspire the whole office when you sit down with every person from the executive to the janitor because you care what they have, say, you care what they have to think. Now you obviously can't do this. You know, when the company gets a hundred thousand people, but for running at one thousand three thousand person company to get an idea what's going on. There is no better technique than the teddy Roosevelt five minute meeting. I love that. But moving from one legend to another legend I am going to try on string will these. Together with some terrible linkages by the way. So polar Giese false that, but Joan Lennon storytelling trait and how top should need it. You know, it's funny. John Lennon was one of the greatest storytellers greatest musicians of all time, and he realized he wants send that when he would write a new song, he would intentionally not write it down a lot of us when we write something, we have to write it down immediately we'll forget. But he wanted to when he composed a new song new mine, he purposefully didn't write it down and would come back the next day and see if he can remember because he realized that if he couldn't remember, it probably wasn't very good. Because if the author John Lennon the master Jesus beetle can't remember it housing or teen year old on the radio. And so in this, when I read this quote from John Lennon, I realized that he had figured out a hack a defect of the human brain.."