Leadership is Constant Even in the Way a Meeting Room is Set-up
November 23, 2010 § 1 Comment
I have a feeling most of us don’t consider the room set-up and what it communicates or worse, what it doesn’t communicate. We take for granted meeting rooms that look the same year after year, instead of thinking about the way in which chairs and table are set up.
Does it promote an atmosphere of candor or rigidity? Openness or agenda-first? Ownership or authority? Meaning or control?
Peter Block, in a 2005 address to the Servant Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, IN, had this to say:
“One core idea is that the nature of assembly is what creates an alternative future. We don’thave much consciousness about assembly. We still meet in rooms like this; we still meet in rooms that are unfriendly to community, they’re unfriendly to aliveness. The idea is, how do you bring people together, in an environment, a modern society, a glass and steel building society, and help them inhabit it in a way that brings aliveness into the room? This, to me, is the work.Every room we walk into is always organized for patriarchy. It’s organized for presentation and display and power point and michrophones. The default culture is always predictable.”
What action do you need to take, today, to change this within your world of work?