Their “reply” is not in question. Rather, what do colleagues (particularly those in other functions of the organization) think when they receive your meeting invite? Do they say to themselves:
- Super! I’m looking forward to the productive discussion.
- Hmmm . . . another meeting, and now I’m double booked.
- Oh crap. How do I get out of this meeting?
There are some leaders who don’t care what others think about their meetings. But this blog isn’t written for them. This space is for collaborative leaders who seek to build inspired partnerships of trust with people well beyond those who have the same functional responsibilities as they.
Likely all of us understand the importance of cross-functional partnerships based in trust. But inspired partnerships? Yes: inspired. Because such employees are 2x more productive than those who are merely engaged.
Before anyone resists or panics, thinking “I don’t have the energy or the rah-rah skills to be inspired” it’s worth noting that inspiration is often mis-understood. It’s not demonstrating enthusiasm. Nor is it giving motivational speeches. It is, rather, a trait each of us possesses and can further cultivate: centeredness.
Being mindful, present, and aware – centeredness – is the core of inspiration. And, no surprise, these qualities also describe the type of leaders with whom most of us want to spend more time.
In other words, when we receive their meeting invite, we think: Super. That’s a meeting to which I’m looking forward.
How do people respond to your meeting invites? That depends largely on how you’ve run previous meetings. What matters now is how you plan for the next. Beyond preparing an agenda, what will you do to model centered-based inspiration?
By doing so you may just alter the course of the relationships the organization needs to succeed.