Don't Meet About the Past

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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?

 

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Carey Nieuwhof
Carey Nieuwhof

Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts, and his online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth.

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