A quick follow up to the last post about the joy of short meetings! Just because a meeting is short, doesn’t mean it’s been successful. For it to feel successful to all participants, everyone needs to have been heard and feel that they made the contribution they had to make and been part of the agreed direction and future actions that are decided at the meetings.
A short video inspired by a rare occurance. My scheduled one-hour meeting today was done and dusted in just 20 minutes, including a bit of social chat. It’s not always possible, but certainly worth noticing when it does. I’ll share some more meeting thoughts soon.
There is a famous saying that goes something like,
“It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.”
It’s variously attibuted to Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan and others I’m sure. I’m hoping that none of them mind who gets the credit – it’s a great quote! Working together with others to get the thing done without vying for position or self-promotion is so powerful and utterly joyful.
I have the pleasure of working on a couple of things just like this at the moment. Reflecting on what makes this possible, I put it down largely to:
having a clearly defined purpose that all parties are inspired by and therefore committed to.
good organisation so that collectively we have clear goals and definite plans so that we each know what our actions and responsibilities are.
Have a good week and if you’re lucky enough to be part of such a team, especially in very challenging times like now, remember not to take it for granted.