I was in an incredible meeting today where each person brought significant horsepower and competence to bear on the problem we were trying to solve. It was a spirited conversation and much progress was made.
I was especially impressed over the tone of the dialogue.
- Everyone listened to what others had to say
- No one dominated the discussion
- Everyone spoke up when they had something to add
- No one made fun of (or dismissed) the opinion of others
- Many questions were asked in response to the ideas that were floated (“Why is that important?” “How would we implement that?” “What would that affect in other areas?”)
- No one spent time talking about issues outside of their area of expertise
In short, everyone respected each other’s “lanes” (areas of expertise) and were still able to contribute in their own lane.
We all know what it feels like when someone steps outside of their lane in a meeting and speaks outside of their expertise. No one appreciates those who dominate, fail to listen, and disrespect the competency around the table.
Can you respect the lanes?