If Everyone Hates Meetings, Why Do We Have So Many of Them? (NSQ Ep. 72)

October 31, 2021 @ 5:00am


Also: why do so many people feel lost in their 20s?

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Relevant Research & References

Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:



“Median Age at First Marriage: 1890 to Present,” by the U.S. Census Bureau (2020).
“Life Expectancy (From Birth) in the United States, From 1860 to 2020,” by U.N. DESA (2019).
“The Two-Pizza Rule and the Secret of Amazon’s Success,” by Alex Hern (The Guardian, 2018).
“Extended Adolescence: When 25 Is the New 18,” by Bret Stetka (Scientific American, 2017).
“Socialization in Emerging Adulthood: From the Family to the Wider World, from Socialization to Self-Socialization,” by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett (Handbook of Socialization: Theory and Research, 2015).
“How to Know If There Are Too Many People in Your Meeting,” by the H.B.R. editors (The Harvard Business Review, 2015).
Running Meetings: Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges, by Harvard Business Press (2006).
“Effects of Size and Task Type on Group Performance and Member Reactions,” by J. Richard Hackman and Neil Vidmar (Sociometry, 1970).


Tags: Angela Lee Duckworth, meetings, Rebecca Lee Douglas, Stephen Dubner, twenties