Monday, June 26, 2006

FROM THE MARGINS OF A MEETING

I wrote the following notes to myself in the margins of a writing tablet during a discussion meeting. I'm apt to talk more than I feel I should when the topic is one that piques my interest or about which I have strong opinions. These notes were written as visual reminders to me to be careful and perhaps to heighten the value of the exchange. Not sure that I fully disciplined myself by these reminders, but I think they helped me that day. Maybe they'll help me--or you--on another occasion.

Listen.

Question.

Probe.

Seek to understand.

Clarify.

Acknowledge.

Wait.

Reflect.

Look for perspective.

Synthesize.

Hold in tension.

Appreciate paradox.

Keep open.

Be teachable.

Make room for growth.

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