When you are leading a meeting, nothing inhibits the free-flow of conversation and idea sharing like these 10 things. Adapted from an article by IIya Bogorad, you need to STOP doing these things in your meetings!
1. Stop whining about problems, lack of time, roadblocks and other people. Don’t blame others, it gets you no where.
2. Don’t get hung up on all the details and figuring everything out at the moment.
3. Don’t allow pessimists, doomsayers or doubters near your team. They will suck the life out of you. If you have one of these on your team, find another job for them, but get them out of your meeting.
4. Stop procrastination and quit telling people you don’t have time or you haven’t had time to do what you said you’d do.
5. Stop being in love with your ideas, your methodology and your abilities. Challenge your team instead.
6. Stop censoring ideas. Listen and talk about ALL ideas.
7. Stop telling your people how to do their job. Instead, set expectations of results.
8. Don’t follow fads. Just because it’s “trendy” doesn’t mean it’s right.
9. Stop punishing mistakes, unless they are a result of laziness or lack of effort.
10. Stop limiting yourself with arbitrary timelines, goals and beliefs. Run through the finish line. Exceed your own expectations.
As a leader, create an environment where people are free to think, dream, work, contribute, collaborate and where they’re a part of the process and solution.
Just stop doing these 10 things. We’re killing our teams!