Bad Habits are Never Intentional

The rush to get things done is one reason you grow frustrated with the way things get done. You didn’t get up this morning with aspirations to go home discouraged.

Bad habits are never intentional.

You’re doing so much that you don’t take time to improve the way you do things.

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Three reasons bad habits take hold:

  1. Time pressure is an excuse for neglect. People in a hurry don’t have time to care for people or improve processes.
  2. A “crisis” every day is an excuse for bad habits. You look around one day and wonder how things got this way.
  3. Problems seem to give purpose to your existence. In the process of focusing on problems environments go dark and teams grow discouraged.

Meetings fall victim to the problem of being too busy to improve the process. “Let’s hurry up and get this meeting over,” suggests the process needs improvement.

You’re so busy running meetings that you don’t take time to improve your meetings.

Take five minutes at the beginning or end of meetings to improve the process. Choose one category and one discussion point from the following list.

Discussion points that humanize meetings:

  1. Who in our organization is making unnoticed contributions?
  2. How do we want to treat each other in this meeting?
  3. What would you like to focus on, if you had more time?
  4. Who are we serving?

Discussion points that improve the process:

  1. What will make this a great meeting?
  2. What makes this meeting matter?
  3. What happened at the best meeting you ever attended? What didn’t happen?
  4. What issues seem to take too much time? How might we remedy that?
  5. What five behaviors might make our meetings better?

Discussion points at the end of meetings:

  1. What worked for you in this meeting?
  2. How could we make our next meeting even better?

Which discussion point(s) have the most potential to improve your meetings?

What discussion points to improve meetings would you add?

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