A 4th of July barbeque and your team meetings have something important in common.
When people are invited to a barbeque, they respond with “What can I bring?” As good people, we all seek ways to bring value when our participation has been requested. The result is a table full of a medley of foods and drink.
Parties don’t work when people respond to the invitation with “What can I get?” The same holds true for meetings at work. The team can only do its best when each team member chooses to bring their best.
In our upcoming book, Do Big Things: The Simple Steps to Mobilize Hearts and Minds, and Make an Epic Impact, we identify exactly how great teams ensure everyone brings the thinking and behaviors necessary to succeed. It’s easier than you might think; and you don’t have to endure fireworks to get there. (For less than a good steak, you can get your early copy of the book here.)
When your team members are invited to a meeting, do they respond with “What can I get?” or “What can I bring?” Only a table full of ideas and perspectives will enable your team to achieve and celebrate.