Is formal a four letter word?
Originally from Execution: The discipline of getting things done
Informality is critical to candor. It was one of Jack Welch's bywords. Formality suppresses dialogue; informality encourages it. Formal conversations and presentations leave little room for debate. They suggest that everything is scripted and predetermined. Informality dialogue is open. It invites questions, encourages spontaneity and critical thinking At a meeting in a formal, hierarchical setting, a powerful player can get away with killing a good idea. But informality encourages people to test their thinking, to experiment, and to cross-check. It enables them to take risks among colleagues, bosses, and subordinates. Informality gets the truth out. It surfaces out-of-the-box ideas - the ideas that may seem absurd at first hearing but that create breakthroughs.
2. Following or being in accord with accepted forms, conventions, or regulations
3. Characterized by strict or meticulous observation of forms; methodical