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Moving a Discussion Forward

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on January 24, 2007

A preoccupation with the past or present is a constant danger for any small-business owner. It shuts down possibilities for creativity and effectiveness, and it traps employees into discussing things that can’t be changed. Moving a discussion out of the past or present into the future is a simple, powerful leadership tool. In fact, just by saying, "Let’s look ahead. How do we get from where we are today to where we want to be tomorrow?" a small-business owner can turn a dead-end meeting into a highly productive discussion. When you notice a conversation has become unproductive, take the initiative to move things forward. When you do this, you will orient yourself and your people in the most positive way possible.

David Peck
Leadership Unleashed
San Francisco

Reader Comments

Jeff Hotchkiss,

January 30, 2007 12:17 PM

I met Mr. Peck in San Francisco when I was considering going into personal business coaching; he practices what he preaches. During our meeting my goals were not clear, but he kept the conversation moving to a point where I discovered that coaching was not for me. I think he saved me a bunch of time with good discussion skills. Now I am quite happily running utilizing these discussion skills and others to keep the business growing in the right direction. Thank you, David.

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