In her book, The Power of Pause, Nance Guilmartin recommends a different way to start off meetings. In one or two sentences, have each meeting attendee answers the question, “What’s one thing you appreciate about yourself, someone in the room, or someone outside the room?” According to Guilmartin this simple exercise of appreciation can transform an organization. In the real-life example provided, once this practice was instituted, team members began showing up on time for meetings and tempers didn’t flare regardless of the topic. They moved through their agendas faster and discovered better ways to do their work. They flat out got more work done.
How about giving it a try Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: I’d appreciate it if I could take a pass on this one.
Wanda B. Goode: Sounds like a novel approach to getting people to know and respect each another. When people appreciate one another they are more willing to work together and do what it takes to overcome differences. I think it’s worth a try.
Would anyone else like to give it a shot? If you do, drop us a note and let us know how it works out.
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