In my old life as a local government officer, I attended many meetings. I am not a big fan of meetings. I used to sit and count up in my head the approximate cost of the meetings in terms of salary and try to come up with a value for money formula, rewarding notional money for the points raised and in particular the action that was likely to follow. It was quite a complicated calculation and it kept me somewhat amused if not exactly what you might call ‘engaged’.
Sometimes the meetings were one-to-one. One would be asked at one’s one-to-one meeting what one had achieved since one’s last one-to-one meeting. Some of the things that one was asked were well-nigh impossible, such as reporting on outcomes before anyone really understood what they meant by outcomes. Certainly there was a problem around the fact that outcomes were something that needed to be planned ahead and not just dreamed up for performance data!
I worked with a fabulous team. We had a lot of fun, including a really tacky Secret Santa thing every Christmas whereby we were bought something that reflected our personality. I had some very quirky presents but one in particular served me very well.
So it was at a one-to-one meeting with a very senior manager, when I was asked whether I had achieved some particularly impossible tasks, I produced my new Christmas present. I placed it on the table without saying a word. It seemed much less tiring than babbling a lot of excuses.
The guy looked a bit shocked so I thought I had better explain. “I got it for Christmas. But it doesn’t work.”
We proceeded to have the most constructive meeting we had ever had. 😉
And this was long before I heard about the fabulous School for Health and Care Radicals… 😉
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