I recently visited the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
This was where the South Vietnamese government operated during the Vietnam War. I’ve been to the equivalent location in Hanoi, where Ho Chi Minh ran his operations, and it was significantly smaller and less opulent.
I do wonder if the surroundings of the two affected the outcome of the war.
While the meeting room above looks impressive — how much is getting done in such large meetings? What is not being said due to internal politics?
Individuals are far less likely to speak up in a large meeting compared to when there’s just a handful of people attending.
This can be generalised as the Ringelmann effect, which is the tendency for individual members of a group to become increasingly less productive as the size of their group increases