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Meetings: A Case in Point

DURING AN EXECUTIVE PLANNING MEETING, one executive among twenty around a large conference table received a text message. It was from a colleague sitting just a few chairs away. It read, “Say something right now. Make sure your voice is heard. Ask a question.” Later, the executive learned that the CEO was planning to shrink the size of the committee. There was a concern that a few of the individuals in the room were not contributing enough to make the cut.1

Another senior leader, fifteen years into a successful career as a marketing executive, had a similar experience. The executive, generally considered by peers to be assertive and insightful, was surprised when a colleague stopped by after a meeting to deliver some ...

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