June 30, 2021

The motions


You know, the all hands meeting where subjects are covered but nothing is said, when we talk about the broad brush no one colours in the details, and where the talk is happy but reality is glossed. It’s like the process of having the meeting is the point, not the substance of the meeting itself.

You know, the project meeting where checklists are ticked, the deliverables discussed, the actions are assigned whist the elephant watches, sitting quietly in the corner, wondering whether anyone will stop proceedings and deal with the real issue, that the reason behind the project no longer exists.

You know, when the process is more important than the outcome. When the reason why and the benefit of is immaterial and all that seems to matter is going through the motions.

Skippy strategy: Don’t go through the motions. Ask why, and adjust or eliminate as necessary.