- People are smarter together. This is almost always the case. We typically come to much smarter decisions when we work with like-minded but diverse team members than we would have dreaming something up on our own. I love the collaboration and results that come from working together toward a common goal.
- Meetings are launching pads for progress. Since I've been a working man, I've always considered the word picture of a launching pad when it comes to meetings. Words exchanged around the table of a group of leaders are not empty words - they will eventually impact lives. That's why I try not to take any meeting lightly. It's pretty amazing to see an idea through from the 'concept phase' with a small group to the 'implementation phase' that affects thousands. It's quite humbling actually.
- Meetings allow me to invest in the lives of people. Email exchanges, conference calls, written proposals are all good - they are effective and efficient means to get things done. But, there is nothing like sitting eyeball to eyeball with someone - catching up on their life for a while, and then rolling up our sleeves to solve a problem, birth and idea, or facilitate a change together. It's a really cool dynamic when it's working.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Some people enjoy meetings and some people hate meetings. I happen to lean toward the enjoyment side of things - but I don't like calling them "meetings" when they are with my team members at Grace. "Meeting" has such a negative connotation to it. I'll have to come up with some creative name for them - maybe you can help with that. I had a few such sessions with team members at Grace today, and tonight I reflect on some reasons why I tend to enjoy meetings: