When Alan* heard the email “ping” from his new boss’s nearby desk, his quiet laughter turned to a sinking feeling in his stomach. Was that a notification that she’d received the email he’d just sent, mocking how she’d criticized the mess left in the office kitchen? He swore he had hit “forward” before writing his scathing response… but it turned out he hit “reply” instead. And what he wrote, intended as a private joke between buddies, was not going to do him any favors with the boss.
Early in my career, it seemed like there was a meeting every hour. I often was heard saying ‘When do we break for work?’ Seriously!
This article reminded me of three important things to assure meetings are not dead weight but instead are the building blocks to successful communication.
It’s been a while now, but my memory of that grueling 2-day event to identify The Next Big Thing still gets stuck on auto-play in my mind; especially during times when creative thought and implementation magic are required. I’m talking about a two day event that didn’t really unfold so much as it became an avalanche of ideas bouncing around the room while our team feverishly took notes and posted questions to the parking lot. There was no lack of ideas as the project team concluded the event. What happened next? Well – nothing. Maybe if we had acted out the steps Emily Bridson recommends in her article How To Jumpstart Your Next Big Idea my ‘well – nothing’ answer could have been vastly different.