When I was building the 3 Steps to Energize Your Team With Better Staff Meetings Toolkit, I used a creative thinking exercise to put myself in the shoes of a staff meeting. Not to imagine myself AT a staff meeting, but to actually imagine that I AM a staff meeting. When I anthropomorphized the staff meeting, I realized that a staff meeting aspires to be great.
Think about it. You want to be great. You want to do good work that matters. If a staff meeting was a person, I bet it would want that too.
I created this Ode to a Staff Meeting based on that exercise:
I am a staff meeting. I want to be helpful. I have brought everyone together.
Why are we here?
I want to be amazing. I want there to be legends about what happened here.
“It started here.” That kernel of a new way of doing things
that lasting relationship; that moment of brilliance
a fit of laughter and a new tradition born
I also hold drama – momentous and difficult occasions where decisions were made to end things. I witness births and deaths, glory and sorrow.
What I loathe is monotony, boredom and indecision.
I want to be great.
Help out a staff meeting you know; Help it be great.
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