You know what I mean, it’s the part of the meeting where the facilitator says, “This is a brainstorming session so remember, no idea is a bad idea, don’t shut your teammates down, keep this information confidential, etc.” Basically it’s a formal way of setting and managing expectations.
Recently I was in a meeting where the facilitator also included these stipulations: no probing beyond clarifying the ideas, no comparing (of your ideas/yourself to others in the room), no advice giving, and staying present (vs focus on their phones) for the discussion.
It was really powerful because it acknowledged the more subtle common behaviors we all have and called them out as unacceptable. I wonder how much more productive meetings would be if all meetings included these parameters?
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