I had two meetings yesterday, one lunch meeting, one meeting someone new. Both times, I felt like putting out so much more energy when listening, talking, as the main purpose of the meeting is to establish connection. I took a junior staff with me and she brought pen and notebook, ready to take notes. She asked me what’s the purpose of the meeting? I said, to build relationship. She was surprised as she thought they were business meetings.
This might be novel to her and to others who are used to work “seriously”. My style has evolved over the years, and my current thinking is first to build personal relationship, not necessarily deep, but deep enough to be comfortable to talk about their family. Once that’s done, we can talk about serious business. The main idea is to have fun while working together. Otherwise work could be dry. Also, I said: I’m not sure whether what we do matters at the end or will have any real impact, so let’s make sure we have fun doing it. 🙂 It came out a revelation to my team.
Yet, making those first steps could be tiring, exhausting to be exact. Just 4 hours of meeting one day split between two groups left me exhausted. I slept 10 hours last night.
Oh… I booked my trip to Manila for my follow up eye check up and annual check up. Another solo trip! 🙂