So you've got a suggestion

In the midst of a discussion, it dawns on you: they’re doing it wrong! You’ve got a suggestion, and you’re going to share it. It’s great, they just need to…

Hoooooooold on. Do they need expert advice? Or do they just need to notice something they already know?

Sometimes, the answer really is that the expert advice is warranted. If something’s clearly off in a prescriptive process, or technically wrong in a way that’s broken, by all means–chip in.

But if it just feels like a meeting is lacking definition, consider raising it as a question instead of a suggestion. “What’s the goal of this meeting?” is a lot more likely to get a productive response than “We should have an agenda.”

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