the discipline of endings

Sprint to the end!

Great meetings end with the team feeling like they accomplished something and moved the ball down the field. Having addressed the biggest concerns with real decisions made. The close is the demonstration that team members know how to let go of disagreement and commit. It shows the team’s ability to be decisive. By reviewing decisions and actions, it illustrates they are more concerned with clarity than efficiency. It also proves that they know how to define success.

Too many executive teams end meetings unclear on what, if anything, was accomplished, and that the biggest concerns weren’t addressed at all. Then we wonder why execution is all over the place. Everyone is confused. People aren’t working together.

The discipline of the ending matters. Like pulling back a slingshot it will determine the energy direction of the team immediately after the meeting: collective results or individual priorities.

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