One response to “Professional Development Workshop”

  1. Jed Sutherland

    B and C are new ones on me.

    You have an agenda that relates to certain issues that need to be addressed.

    You want to hear all the opinions and suggestions that have a bearing on the issues. You want to leave the meeting with a list of action items and responsible persons.

    If someone has “feelings” in addition to their opinions, these might be better dealt with off-line.

    I don’t agree with the “team” concept. The word is vague enough that it can mean a bunch of things such as a sports team or a small military unit where everything is shared, blah, blah. It’s a feel good word. It makes for sentimental movies.

    I used to be part of a group of professionals who worked together towards a set of agreed-upon goals. I don’t want to know your feelings or whether you’re gay or live with your mother. I don’t care if you don’t like me or respect me and it doesn’t matter if I don’t like or respect you; as a professional, I expect both of us to do our part.

    I’ve done the team-building thing more than once and concluded that it’s a good way for motivational coaches to make money.