Is there anything worse than sitting in a long meeting when there is a beautiful day slipping by outside? Next time you are in that situation, why not suggest a walking meeting to change things up.I first read about the idea of walking meetings in Steve Jobs’ book but it initially slipped by as part of the story. But with summer currently gracing New Zealand with its wonderful presence, I was reminded of the concept not long ago when I saw a group of business people walk past our offices in deep discussion on a beautiful day. I must admit that I was envious of them out enjoying the good weather while still taking care of business. So I decided to give it a go and last week when the need for a one on one meeting arose with a team member, I suggested a walking meeting. What a fantastic idea that turned out to be!
We wandered out the front gate, turned left and just went for it. 20 minutes, plenty of discussion and some fresh air later we arrived back at the office feel great, meeting adjourned. It’s also surprising how much a small amount of exercise during the day helps you refocus once you get back to your desk. I understand that it’s not always a practical option, but for a casual meeting or a chat with your team, a walking meeting makes for a refreshing change.
The festive season has rolled around yet again and often it can fly by too fast without being fully appreciated. I personally love Christmas, it provides a couple of days where family is first and business is second (something that unfortunately, seldom happens when you are running a small business). If you need to work on Christmas Day, your business has serious problems!
As with any break away from work, the lead up is generally hectic trying to get everything in order for the period when you aren’t in the office. Simple courtesies pass by the wayside without thought or consideration. But before you leave the office to head away for the holidays, it is invaluable to put some time aside to let your staff know how much you appreciate the hard work they put in throughout the year.
For me this year, ‘thank you’ was a simple (but personalised) gift for my staff and a couple of private minutes with each of them individually to tell them how much I appreciate the work they put in during 2012. Needless to say there were hugs and handshakes flowing and a positive outlook for 2013!