One of the things I do is take notes for meetings at work. Thanks to learning how to type when I was a young age (love you mom!) I’m reasonably good at this part of the job. After the meeting I’ll send the notes out to the team.
We’ve been so busy recently I wondered if people were actually getting to the end of my notes and reading them. So, yesterday I included the following:
I had Wheaties this morning. It’s the breakfast of champions and this project deserves champion level effort.
Within just a few minutes, one of the team members wrote me back to let me know that she appreciates my dedication to the project as expressed by adjusting my eating habits.
What a simple thing to a say, and what wonderful emotions came from reading it!
There actually is a greater lesson in this!
One way to set up a collaborative conversation (one where both parties feel they walked away better than when they started) is to think of each opportunity to speak as a vessel that needs to be filled with the other’s thoughts.
While done humorously in my situation, that’s essentially what I was doing for this brief conversation at the end of my notes.
Recently I posted about the need for collaboration not confrontation, but knowing a few snippets on how to set up a collaborative conversation can be helpful. It’s not about you hitting the home run comment. It’s about you setting up the other person to contribute.
Oh, and I got the answer I was looking for. Someone was reading!