Why Meetings Need Facilitators

Ever been in a meeting where the extroverts take over on every discussion?

Even if you’re one of them, like I have been, it’s still incredibly annoying for everyone. If we really believe that any person can make a significant difference in the group, then every person has to have an opportunity to share his or her thoughts without five other people stepping in to interrupt him or her.

The only realistic way that I know of to create this environment is to appoint someone to be the facilitator for that meeting or for that part of the meeting. That way everyone knows that the facilitator can interrupt people who barge in and tell them to wait. And then when it’s the appropriate time the facilitator can call on that person who barged in to share his or her thoughts. In the absence of a facilitator people will be on their best behaviors for awhile and then they will slowly start to talk whenever they feel like it. I’ve seen that pattern over and over in corporate meetings, in volunteer meetings, and in not-for-profit meetings. It is human nature to slowly start to talk whenever we want.

Finally, whoever the facilitator is should refrain from commenting on the discussion topic. Otherwise the temptation can be too great to avoid guiding the discussion in the direction he or she wants it to go. If you’re the facilitator, just facilitate, and know that you are serving an incredibly important role.

Sleep Healthy

We know what it means to eat healthy. It means staying away from bad food and sugary drinks and eating healthy food and drinking water.

We know what it means to be healthy financially. It means to put money away into savings and live well within our means.

We know what it means to be healthy in our relationships. It means to listen in an engaged, positive way and to be there for each other and to really care about the other person.

But what does it mean to sleep healthy? It means in the five minutes before we fall asleep to consciously avoid thinking about negative, unhealthy thoughts that cause us to feel ashamed, angry, bitter, scared, pessimistic, or frustrated. It means to focus on what we want in our lives in terms of our personal and work relationships, in terms of what we will accomplish the next day and why we will do it, and in terms of the feelings that we want to experience as we live the life we want to live.

When we fill our minds with the thoughts and feelings we want to have in our life, then our sleep becomes a mechanism for greater health.

Sacrifice for the Sake of Excellence

Excellence is doing an activity as well as you can do it while learning how to do it better the next time.

Excellence requires focused attention and effort. Let go of doing and thinking about other things as much as you can. Start today. What is one thing you can stop doing or stop thinking about? Let go of that one thing and pour that time and energy into focusing on the one thing you want to be excellent at.

If you do that every day, you will steadily grow in excellence in the areas you want to focus on. Letting go of unnecessary activities and thoughts allows you to concentrate that time and energy on the things you really want to be excellent at.

The Three Jobs of Every Business

Every business from large to small has three jobs. Choose a path (strategy), develop a plan (tactics), and do the tasks necessary to implement the plan (execution).

Strategy requires intelligence and courage.

Planning requires attention to detail and foreseeing issues and leveraging resources.

Execution requires perseverance over an extended period of time.

However, intelligence, courage, focus, and perseverance do not guarantee success. They do increase the chances for success over the long term.