June 2013

90 % of business meetings are unnecessary. The quality of conversation that occurs does not warrant the meeting. Magic will not happen. A click of the SEND button to disburse updates would have done the trick.

But here’s the real price we pay.

Every time we engage in another redundant social exchange, we accelerate a slow death. Second by futile second we kill the spirit of everyone who is present. We destroy creativity, initiative, optimism. We extinguish the fire that fuels exceptional work.

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You want a bold connection? Neutral wording will not get you there.

Yep. Bold will get you bold.

We have neutered our language. We have made it concise, crisp, colorless. Adjectives have been tossed to the wind. Written business language is entirely transactional now. Void of perspective or a compelling point-of-view. Just void.

And more and more of us start to talk in person as if we’re sending a text. Transactional. Efficient. And no one much cares.

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It has rained in Florida.

I mean, it has rained and rained and rained for the entire last week. We’re used to the summer rains. Twenty minutes at a time. Not this.

Yes, inconvenient. Folks cancel appointments. Folks complain about the puddles and the wet clothes. Folks complain about the dreary grey skies. Arggh.

I get it.

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Sometimes we don’t get what we think we’re going to get. We get more.

I spent Labor Day week-end in Orlando with about 1500 other folks. Learning qi gong. No surprise, right? You know from reading this column and my books that I am keen on knowing all the ways in which we energize ourselves.

I learned how to feel and move qi. That’s Chinese for energy.

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