(This is the fourth installment in our series about how you can get more powerful results out of team meetings.)
No More Train Wrecks
Train wrecks aren't pretty.
I once witnessed the fresh aftermath of a train wreck. Hearing the crash at our home about 500 yards away, I grabbed my camera and raced to the rail crossing in the valley below. I was a freshman in college, which means that I was both smart enough to know the risks of being close to a recent train wreck and dumb enough to take them. The wreck created a virtual jungle gym of cars, coal, and mangled rails. No matter where you stepped, you risked injury.
One of the cars came to rest no more than 3 feet from a home located next to the tracks. That particular image is seared into my memory.
Nobody got killed in that train wreck and, thank God, nobody got killed in the train wreck pictured above.
But no, train wrecks definitely don't fall into the "pretty" category.
Neither was my client's meeting. People ran for the hills when it was all over. As soon as they could get free of the wreckage, the scrambled away.