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Stop mindless meetings and find a shared direction

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

George Bernard Shaw

Have you ever been in a meeting, feeling as if everyone was speaking a different language?

The conversation felt like chaos. Everyone walked out scratching their heads with no idea of why they even attended.

That, my friend, is a classic case of misaligned “meeting mindsets.”

But what if you could align everyone’s mindset before you even met?

So many business complications arise due to misunderstandings in conversations and assumptions. These gaps in understanding, misaligned visions, and feeling sidelined often reflect a bigger challenge. We try team-building workshops, training drills, SOPs or just hope people “catch on.”

These are all temporary fixes.

When people, or entire teams, don’t feel listened to, appreciated, or aligned — performance dips.

And the ripple effects are big. Employees begin to feel minimised, overlooked, and doubtful. These emotions chip away at the team synergy.

But what if the problem isn’t the people? What if it’s the process?

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

Tony Robbins

Meeting Mindsets

By applying Meeting Mindsets we can get everyone on the same page before we even meet.

You walk into a meeting room and, in seconds, everyone knows how we should be thinking. No more uncertainty. No more feeling sidelined. Just alignment and purpose propelling everyone towards a shared objective.

Here’s your guide to integrating the “Meeting Mindsets” into your discussions:

  1. Off-Road Mode: Where creativity knows no bounds. This mode is about exploration, ideation and creative thinking.
    • Usage: Ideal for brainstorming and concept development.
    • Signal: A “blue calendar” icon sets the tone.
    • Suggestion: Saying, “We’re diving into Off-Road Mode,” creates an atmosphere of expansive thinking.
  2. Sports Mode: Time for action and decision-making. This mode gears people towards making decisions, plotting out actions, and keeping the goal as the focal point.
    • Usage: Tailored for decision-making and execution phases.
    • Signal: A “red calendar” gets the team in gear.
    • Suggestion: Announcing, “We’re now in Sports Mode,” propels the team into a proactive state.
  3. Eco Mode: A mode for tasks that lean towards efficiency without an in-depth analysis. It’s about swift and effective execution.
    • Usage: Best suited for routine tasks, quick sync-ups, or administrative chores.
    • Signal: A “green calendar” signals a shift to efficiency.
    • Suggestion: Declaring, “We’re stepping into Eco Mode,” helps the team adjust to a paced yet efficient rhythm.

Set the scene right from the start.

Ensure everyone is clear on the mindset they’re stepping into and the conversation’s aim. This one move can notably minimise communication hiccups and misaligned visions.

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