When I used to work for a particular search firm, management used to start every staff meeting like the Seinfeld episode about “Festivus (if you haven’t seen it, find it online)” with the airing of the grievances.
Once I learned that this was how every meeting would begin, I made the point of arriving late. Who would want to sit through that?
Even when they tried to change (at my urging) to talk about one or two good things that had happened, the meeting quickly shifted into collective criticism. It was as though the praise was given with an enormous “BUT” in the conference room. Like a chopped meat blend, it was 1/3 complimentary and 2/3 criticism. We took the compliments as insincere. Collectively, we stopped listening.
If every meeting has the airing of the grievances, people feel like old horses being whipped. Eventually, their spirit is broken and management wonders why ideas stop flowing from the bottom up, mistakes become more frequent and the business/office/team/business unit takes on an air of negativity.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019
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