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One that is run by Masayoshi Son; now shut up!

TOKYO -- SoftBank Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son likens management meetings at his telecom empire to a zoo.

     Generally, management meetings are rather formal gatherings of necktied directors and other senior executives where important decisions are made. At SoftBank, though, these meetings are attended by ... well, by anyone who might have some expertise with the matter at hand, irrespective of his or her title or position.  Even people outside the company are sometimes invited to attend SoftBank management meetings. A senior executive at Sprint, the U.S. wireless service provider bought by SoftBank in July, was stunned when he saw rank-and-file employees discussing the company's direction with top executives.

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