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Beneath the Chatter

8-Four AcesHave you ever been in a meeting where “the elephant in the room” is never mentioned? I have discovered that the only way to get to the elephant is to go to “the heart of the matter.” The heart of the matter to me, is what the team or group truly cares about. It serves to share this idea.

I know you won’t be surprised to hear me say that one great way of doing this is to share images and let people draw one that speaks to them. Almost immediately they go to the heart and share heart-felt emotions. I serve on a board of directors. Recently, we did just that. Now that everyone on the board knows what each cares about… what emotions they hold around the organization, every meeting goes deeper, decisions are made easier, and people leave with smiles on their faces.

I just left one of those meetings. What a difference it made to know what people felt and that what each one felt (including me!) was valued. Try it, you’ll like it!!

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