Excerpt: Staff were sent to a hotel for a couple of days and obliged to engage in a variety of tasks which required them to work together. There was much talk of vision, targets and strategic priorities. I always found these events deeply depressing (I'm embarrassed to admit that I have attended a few) as they encouraged insincerity, glibness and toadying. They did, however, provide a good platform for aspiring spivs who were adept at uttering the kind of banalities which appealed to senior management. While it is easy to make fun of superficial gimmicks such as huddles, the motives underlying them can be rather sinister. They are sometimes designed to suppress individuality ? allegedly in the interests of 'teamwork' ? and can easily lead to a form of 'groupthink', in which staff are expected to sign up unquestioningly to some corporate goal handed down from above. Genuine teamwork requires open and honest discussion, where disagreements can be aired and solutions sought. In extreme form, management huddles are actually a type of indoctrination.