Nothing Gold Can Stay
Robert Frost, 1874 - 1963

Nature’s first green is gold, 
Her hardest hue to hold. 
Her early leaf’s a flower; 
But only so an hour. 
Then leaf subsides to leaf. 
So Eden sank to grief, 
So dawn goes down to day. 
Nothing gold can stay. 

And here's a super interesting article about meetings! I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on it!

1 comment:

  1. Justin Kunkel closes with "The only thing that you can do to guarantee better meetings and better teams is make yourself into one better participant. That requires humility in every single second, especially the ones that go the slowest."

    Those two sentences seem most "wrong" and "right" in the article, in my view. The first sentence quoted above is misleading because PROCESS MATTERS. Just making oneself a better participant is insufficient to making meetings productive. In contrast, the final quoted sentence delivers a HUGE key for great meetings: humility embraced by all.

    For regular meetings that involve the same group of people for an extended period, a great way to set a tone of humility is for the meeting leader to honestly ask all the participants how to improve the meetings. And yes, that would be done in a meeting! The group members thus identify what works best for them, such as providing materials ahead of time for prior review and publishing an agenda indicating the expected length of time for discussing each item. Everyone has then been given a voice about running the meeting, and all the participants have worked together to make their collective time better.