Strange Thing…

I watched the first episode of Stranger Things 2 Monday of last week. It wasn’t quite a ‘binge watch’…but we did finish the ninth and last episode on Saturday. I am a Net Promoter for Stranger Things 2. If anyone was to ask…‘how likely is it that you would recommend Stranger Things 2 to a friend or colleague’…I am a 9 or 10 (on a scale 1 to 10)! Although strangely enough I would caveat my answer (not sure that’s possible in the NP world let alone in the ST Upside Down World) by suggesting my friend or colleague watch Stranger Things 1 first.

Consistent with my Net Promoter Score, I found myself promoting Stranger Things last week as well by interjecting some type of reference into most of my meetings. It was a strange week all in all, although that wasn’t based on my TV viewing. More so it was down to all of my meetings being teleconferences; two days’ of which were being based in the US and three days based in the UK; moreover there was only four hours’ time difference between UK and US East Coast last week. Strange.

We are in November – a busy month. All months are busy. All feel busier and more important than the last. The end of the year seems close. It’s still two full months of course….but just eight weeks’ sounds like no time at all. And we all always have goal and objectives – personal and professional – we want or have to deliver.

And there are just as many meetings…sometimes even more. More because of meetings associated with the impending year end. More because meetings can help bring teams together to solve problems and seize opportunities.

Meetings can be a strange thing in their own right – or maybe more accurately meeting attendance. It is amazing how often anyone we find ourselves invited to participate in a particular meeting and yet that invitation can seem like a distraction or even a frustration. And yet many people not invited to the same meeting can feel excluded or over looked.

I can also vividly recall the first time I joined what I believed to be a true ‘senior management’ meeting. My expectation was of a higher level team work, strategic thinking and informed insight. I was disappointed. They were all great people, but the meeting itself felt no different than other meetings or teams I had experienced.

Looking back though, that first leadership team was one of the most successful teams I have been part of…at least as judged by the impact of our people agenda, business delivery agenda and innovation agenda. So, strange though it sounds, perhaps any meeting we join or attend has similar metastable dynamics and diverse agenda.

And I also remember a strange thought that there had to be another, higher level team meeting – a meeting I was not a member of…that mythical meeting of a high performing team…a team that I aspired to be invited to and part of. Again just not true.

It’s not meetings that make a difference, nor is it what happens at those meetings.  Any more than it is slide decks or emails. What makes a difference – how we can all make a difference – is in what we do and what we achieve… how we do and how we achieve…every day in our everyday activities.

There will always be another meeting we could be invited to attend, another team we could be asked to join. But strange thing is…we are already all part of something bigger – we all make a difference.

Already. Now. Here.




About Steve Street

I have worked in R&D within the Pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years. Up until April 2012 all of my career had been with one company, but that has now changed. I left that company and took up a new role on May 1, 2012 - still very much within the Pharmaceutical industry and again based in the UK. I have been blogging every week now for over 10 years but only on an external site since January 2012. Email updates of the blogs can be requested using the ‘follow’ option within Wordpress. The blogs are only ever my personal view of what I see, think and feel. I am delighted if you agree and find value; happy if you disagree with my views and overjoyed if you feel motivated to comment. Most of all I am simply grateful that you read. Cheers Steve
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