Apparently, we all hate them. If you read any articles about productivity, and business, you hear about how meetings interrupt work, how they are unproductive and a sign of an unhealthy organizational culture. I’d wager that everyone who’s reading this has been a part of a poorly planned, or poorly executed meeting in which we were essentially counting the minutes until it’s over.
I have been in those meetings, and admit that I have little patience for them. It’s why, around a year ago, I found this article from 99u a challenging one. I won’t rehash the article here, but I will include a choice quote.
Source: In Defense of the Meeting – 99u
Here’s the thing that struck me. As someone who attempts to follow Christ, humility should be my modus operandi. In the stories of Christ we see that both the Priest and the tax collector are just as broken, and that the Samaritan can be a better neighbor than a Levite. But somehow, that attitude doesn’t make it into my meetings, where I think I know better, that I can do better, and that whatever someone is asking right now, or saying right now, or needs right now, is simply not worth my time.
So here’s the challenge I took from this article almost a year ago, and am taking from it one more time. The challenge is to approach meetings not from a place of superiority, but of humility. That any attempts to make a meeting better, should not come from my own desire or perceived ability to lead, but of a desire to serve my colleagues and the world. And while the author doesn’t say this, the challenge is to bring the attitude of Christ into this meeting.