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Friday, December 2, 2011

Unexpected Value

I chair and attend a lot of meetings.

I attend a monthly meeting which is a huge frustration. We have an agenda, which I would rate at 25 minutes, which month after month takes over two hours.

The new leader, at his first meeting said, “I’ve never seen anything like this!” After a few months he’s been beaten into puzzled acceptance.

I got a new glimmer this week while doing some other work. If I look at the aggregate value for all the participants (even as they are decreasing), there is a big number missing. Then I figured out what it was.

If we figure in the value for “How do I look when I am saying this?” I can better see the total rewards, and they are exceptional.

What is the cost of “How do I look?” in your meetings?

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