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Leaders: Productive Meetings Start with the Positive

Because most people will work hard to avoid conflict, productive meetings prepare participants for “what we are doing today” and encourage them to think out loud.

Bottom line is the leader must facilitate a psychologically safe environment for people to take risks.

How do you start your team meetings?

“All ideas are accepted” and we start with only positive statements or strengths will create such an environment.

Brain science research has proven there’s an optimum 5:1 ratio: when we start a conversation with the positive, then our brain will be more open to accepting the “negative” or different opinions.

It’s like merging onto a freeway … start by going with the flow of traffic, then merge lane by lane into the fast lane is a better strategy than getting on the freeway going the wrong direction!

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Leaders: Secrets to finding solutions to problems – stop looking!

I posted a question asking what Senior Leaders do to recharge on the LinkedIn Group Developing the Leader within You.  Below is a quick summary of great suggestions and ideas for creativity, solution-finding and recharging from senior leaders from around the world, and included:

  • Listening to music
  • Reading
  • Golfing
  • Walking
  • Driving country roads (avoid traffic)
  • Riding horses (mine) … p.s. just being in their presence recharges and relaxes many people)
  • Showering
  • Meditation
  • Hand washing dishes
  • Vacuuming (mine)

The consensus seems to be in order to recharge or to find solutions, we can get there easier and in less time when we switch off the thinking brain and switch on the the being and doing brain and “mindless” (preferably enjoyable) activity.

Activities in which we enjoy and lose track of time (the state of flow) also may encourage alignment of our heart waves and brain waves, which will clear the clutter and allow you to recharge your thinking brain (which is why we have Aha! moments doing these very things).

The evidence in the latest brain-science research proves it. Now … go forth and play (and of course, shower)!