“Ideas locked up, never aired, have little chance of being transformed into solutions.” #bgdtcoaching.
It is not new to suggest the more ideas we express the greater possibility we have of finding winning solutions. However, it is quite common for ideas to be locked up, perhaps for fear of being criticised even before they have had a proper opportunity to be explored.
In various encounters nowadays a lot of people appear afraid to offer anything but the ‘perfect’ answer. Many opt to remain silent rather than add to the creative melting pot for the sake of bringing into being a jointly produced solution.
Why we feel this need to be either excellent or invisible escapes me. As much as we are surely giving our best at all times, it is not fair to assume we will always have the answer to every matter. And in the same way, believing our input is never valid is likewise an unfair assumption.
Looking at the issue of meetings from another perspective, why are so many called when decisions are already locked up in the director’s briefcase? Let’s not even think about the lost time, money and energy linked to sitting in such pointless get-togethers.
The habit to hold this type of meeting seems well established. Being cynical, it could be argued so many hours get locked up in this business ritual to save vast numbers of people from actually having to do any work…
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Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).