If this describes you, stick around to receive some perspective, and if it doesn’t don’t rush off just yet…it could be describing how one or more of your people feel, and so it could be just as helpful in fully engaging your team in a meeting.
As with most things in life, meetings can be a blessing or a curse. I remember back to my early days in business, working in large organizations, feeling somewhat self-conscious and surrounded by sizeable egos, with seemingly more important things to offer, feeling small and holding back, afraid to say the wrong thing.
Then I discovered that we all have 4 intelligences that can be learned to use in balance to help us in meetings and in many other ways. We have a spiritual intelligence that aids us in being our authentic self, passionate about what we are doing. We have an emotional intelligence that helps us in staying aware to regulate our thoughts, feelings and actions. We possess a physical intelligence that helps us to be strong, energized and alert. Finally, we have a mental intelligence that allows us to communicate our ideas effectively, and share our input without wasting time.
Now I show up much differently, aligned with my 4 intelligences; comfortable in my own skin, with purpose and confidence that I belong, sitting up straight, well rested and ready to participate and offer my perspective because I know it matters. Not from a place of ego, but from a place of caring and centeredness. Of course, it takes work to stay there, but for me it’s been worth a lot.
What are you doing to keep your intelligences growing and in balance?
Clint Best is a business coach and the founder of Kaizen Business Coaching in Kelowna, BC. Clint has been guiding forward thinking business owners through change and growth since 2002.