Choosing harmony over productive conflict
• Do you prefer your meetings to be pleasant and enjoyable?
• Are your meetings often boring?
• Do you get uncomfortable at meetings if your direct reports argue?
• Do you often make peace or try to reconcile direct reports who are at odds with one another?
Executives often bemoan the number of meetings they attend, and they include staff meetings with their peers at the top of that list. They often complain about meetings taking up time that is needed for “real work.” This is a good sign that those meetings are not as difficult (that is, are not as productive) as they should be.
Productive executive staff meetings should be exhausting inasmuch as they are passionate, ...