Posted by: kerrywills | December 16, 2016

Be Deliberate

For anyone reading my blog, you know that I spend a lot of time in meetings and work on a lot of initiatives (as I am sure that many of you reading this do as well). It amazes me the number of times there is no agenda for the meeting or no well thought out plan for the initiatives. In this model, everything becomes rhetoric and conversation without much progress being made.

We need to make sure that we are deliberate with what we work on. This means having a plan…

  • A plan for the meeting – what is the agenda and what do we want accomplished?
  • A plan for initiatives – what is the approach, who is needed and what are the key steps?
  • Recognizing implications of approaches, decisions and options so when we do select them, we understand what will happen


It is not sufficient to just have opinions and yet I feel like every meeting and interaction is just people voicing opinions. This is important but it needs to be in the context of the deliberate plan. This way we know if the conversation is valid, if the people in it are the right people and what we are working towards.

So take step back and think about what you are trying to accomplish. Better yet, be deliberate about it!


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