1. Listen as an ally – Listen to other people’s ideas first before thinking of reasons it won’t work. Always listen with the team in mind, not “me” first.
2. Focus on the task at hand – Focus on the conversation and don’t have side conversations or distractions. Cell phones off & no computers. Keep to the specific point of the conversation rather than trying to bring up another point or topic all together.
3. Silence means agreement – Everybody’s opinion is valued and needed, but if you don’t speak up on a subject it’s assumed you agree with what’s been said. There should be no “meetings in the parking lot after the meeting” so you can share your “real” opinion afterwards.