What’s keeping your team?

What’s keeping you from achieving more, being more motivated, completing that task or project?

Each one of us will have their own answer, but in an organisation, the most common answer must be meetings.

Meetings without an agenda and a list of actions to follow up with.

Meetings that are updates.

Meetings that should have been an email or a Slack message.

Meetings to give feedback on a piece of work you have never seen before.

Meetings that are workshops that aim at fixing a problem with participants who have no idea what the problem is, let alone the skill set to fix it.

If you are a manager of people, your first responsibility should be to rid their calendars of meetings.

Completely off

The way people will think of you does not depend on how productive you are, on your job title, on your responsibilities, on how much money you make, on the number of meetings you attend, on how often you share your opinion.

The way people will think of you does depend on how you make them feel when you are around.

How supportive you are.

How helpful you are.

How kind you are.

How listening you are.

How empowering you are.

Our set of values is often completely off the mark.

Funnels

You meet a lot of people, get acquainted with some of them, befriend a few, date some, and marry one.

You apply to loads of jobs, interview for some of them, get to the last stage with a few, get two or three offers, and accept one.

You get to try a lot of different things, enjoy some of them, succeed at a few, and master one.

You talk to a wide audience, get through to some of it, really resonate with a few, and influence one.

Many activities in life work like a funnel.

And when you get to the one, that’s just the time when it’s time to start all over again.