Why we love icebreakers:
A good icebreaker accomplishes 5 things:
- People are more energized and brighter afterwards.
- They are more connected to each other.
- They’ve had fun and accomplished something specific they could not have done alone.
- They’ve used a transparently fair process that involves everybody and allows synergy to build, regardless of rank, other demographics, their differences, etc.
- They’ve done it while still being led without loss of leadership.
That’s what a collaborative meeting does. If your meetings aren’t doing that now, take heart. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
1. Design the meeting (25%)
result, authority (implicit in icebreaker – not awkward), process
2. Have the meeting (50%)
be real, be present, be firm, be flexible. Only 50% – plan yourself into appropriate participation and out of doing all the talking. Leadership isn’t doing the most talking. That’s being a boor.
3. Follow up (25%)
This is the key to success.
Leadership is not doing the most talking.
Sign: “If things don’t add up, then it is time to subtract.”