“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Usually this time of year I am focused on helping people get ready for the new year by sharing my thoughts on “dreams” and “goals”, which are huge if you want to accomplish big things in the new year. But yesterday gave me a different perspective on people who feel like the way they do things works, has worked fine even if in most professional circles that I have been in or read about would disagree.
It was almost too much for me to watch as people who send out an agenda for a meeting that has, “meeting 8:30”, has no problem starting at 8:45 or 8:50, and with no end time written on the agenda, at least 4 or 5 will go on and on about things that are not important or carry-on side conversations like they are in the room by themselves.
I am not criticizing the behavior, I know that is the nature of humans, but when the meetings are poorly facilitated and ran no better than our senior leadership class and there is no willingness to have insight or an acceptance that maybe new eyes see in way that can be helpful, and I have to deal with this group because of my work. I am stuck until I choose not to be!