I don’t know who said this (I’ve misplaced the source), but I thought it was brilliant:
I don’t mind meetings about the future. I just don’t like meetings about the past.
I’d never thought about it that way. Who would really plan their life intentionally around meetings that are about the past? The more I thought about it…the more I realized the answer is ‘lots of us.”
You meet about the past every time you:
Evaluate without clear changes for the future
Audit a problem simply to assign blame
Focus on what could have been
Discuss lingering issues without moving toward resolution
Dream, but don’t plan to implement (today’s unexecuted dreams become tomorrow’s regrets)
If you were to be completely honest with yourself, how much of your time is spent meeting about the past, not the future? I’m afraid in many organizations, the percentage is measurable. In dying organizations, it’s almost every meeting.
I don’t want to meet about the past anymore. We can discuss it, but only insofar as it leads to a new future.
What have you learned about this?