“People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.”
~ Thomas Sowell
Once upon a time, I was a member of the corporate world. My meetings lasted hours and sometimes days. I wore a suit. I was often bored, or frustrated. Every hour a meeting dragged on made me feel a little more dead inside.
I do meetings differently now.
Our Staff Meeting started with a cup of tea and a tasty piece of cake on the veranda.
After a skype meeting with our team member who’s in another country (Hi, Miss Love, And HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR TODAY!!!), we broke for sourdough toast and soup in the winter sunshine.
Then we did a little more work.
We finished scheduling our next course and looking at the calendar for 2020. That also involved scheduling a mini-break interstate with Ben for my birthday in September this year. Because holidays matter!
In the afternoon we walked up into the orchard and picked sweet mandarins and lemons.
Just a little more work and then we called it a day.
In the early evening we stood outside looking up at the moon and the stars in the crisp winter sky before we came back to sit by the fire and enjoy a leisurely dinner.
We got plenty of work done and came up with some great new ideas. But we also balanced that work with living. And that feels right for me.
I like this new business model much better than that old way of working. How about you? What kind of business world do you want for yourself?
Much love, Nicole xx