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Prudence Bushnell
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Prudence Bushnell

As CEO of Sage Associates, Ambassador Prudence Bushnell lectures and consults on international and leadership topics.

The Serendipity of Showing Up

You cannot lead people without interacting with them. Whether you call that interaction "a meeting" is irrelevant. What should not be irrelevant is the substance. It should have a purpose, value or opportunity that connects to an intention or strategic end.

As ambassador I tried not to attend events, including meetings, without a satisfactory answer to the question, "What am I going to get out of it?" Sometimes the answer was, "Nothing, but I need to be seen" and, at times, serendipity would smile on me for having attended.

Never did I call a meeting without purpose -- at least I could provide relevance, even if others did not always do so.

By Prudence Bushnell

 |  October 6, 2009; 6:36 AM ET
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I think Dave Barry put it best. There are three types of meetings in the modern workplace: those that share information, those that solve problems, and those that are held for the same reason we celebrate Arbor Day -- it's on the calendar.

The third category, of course, vastly outnumbers the others.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 6, 2009 11:23 AM
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