Ever leave a meeting thinking, “that was great! We all agreed”?
How about, “that meeting was awful, we couldn’t agree on anything.”?
Think about this: a meeting that goes to total agreement could very well indicate a serious problem. A meeting with lots of disagreement just might reflect a very healthy environment.
If you want lock-step agreement, why have meetings? Issue the orders. If disagreement is constructive, celebrate it and learn from it.
Next time you leave a meeting where everyone agreed, give some thought to what was missed.
Chris Reich, TeachU