A meeting or a team — where are you headed?
As you walk out your door, which would you say to your colleague or assistant? “I’m going to a meeting about the anniversary celebration” OR “It’s time for my anniversary celebration team meeting”?
What difference does it make, you ask? The words may sound innocuous to you, but they communicate a lot. There is a big difference between attending a meeting and being part of a team. At least I hope so.
In the first instance, it’s all about some third-party activity, that thing you have to do, that meeting. But in the second instance, you acknowledge personal involvement — you say you are part of a team.
Projects can live and die based on the level of commitment of the project team members. You can walk into a meeting with the intent to check off a “to do,” perhaps trying to avoid getting any additional action items assigned to you. OR you can walk into a team gathering determined to do your part to ensure success for the team.
Words are important. They reflect mindset. They set tone. They power success … or failure.
I know. I’ve gone to a lot of meetings. I’ve worked on lots of teams. The feeling in the room is absolutely different when people gather as a team. It’s palpable.
Look at your calendar. How many meetings do you have to check off today? How many opportunities do you have to meet with effective teams?