Warren Buffett once said that in the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield. Facilitators can embrace this observation to enhance a meeting’s take-away value. Before the group adjourns, ask your members to look back on the meeting for their satisfaction with it.
Use a simple scale of 1 – 10, where 1 is low and 10 is high. Ask everyone to consider the meeting’s overall value. Did the agenda provide a clear purpose and framework? Did the group stay focused? Did the group follow Forum protocols?
Second, ask members to turn that rearview mirror on themselves. They will gain insight about their own contributions by asking themselves whether they arrived prepared, participated in the meeting and followed Forum protocols.
Encourage members to explain their rationale if they arrive at a value of 7 or below on either question. This forces them to think more deeply about what went wrong. As business leaders know well, identifying the problem is necessary to solving it.
Your rearview mirror is a useful tool for getting more value out of any meeting or activity. Look into it frequently, and determine what needs to happen to find that 10!