Take Note?

February 15, 2013 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

You might not think that your note-taking affects your performance – it does!

You might not think that your motivators affect your note-taking choices – they do!

Some of the leaders I work with can sit through a whole meeting and not take any notes at all.  In general they are the ones who don’t complete their actions.  So when I am coaching executives they will, at least, note down their actions.

On the other hand, some leaders take notes like they are going out of fashion.  The chances are they have missed something important in that meeting, because they were writing when they should have be listening.  Couple that with the additional time of writing them up or just trying to find the key points and it certainly has an impact.

What does this have to do with your motivators?  Well, some of us have ‘perfectionist’ tendencies, driven by our need for quality and demonstrating our knowledge.  We take notes so that we don’t miss anything – strange, because that’s exactly the probable outcome.  Whereas others are driven by freedom and entrepreneurialism, where note-taking is a job for someone else – with a similar result.

So what can you do to combat your motivators?  And where is the balance between no notes and reams of notes?

– understand the purpose of your notes

If you have to write them up verbatim, either record the meeting or get someone who is not involved in the meeting to take notes.  If they are only for you (to make sure you remember the key points and your actions), just note those down.

– are you really listening?

Whether you take lots of notes or no notes at all, the key thing in meetings is to listen – ACTIVELY.  That means engaging in the discussions to develop your, and others, thoughts and ideas.

– experiment

* draw up an agenda for the meeting, preferably using a mind map with just the key words on it
* actively listen during the meeting, but take NO notes (just try it)
* immediately after the meeting, add the key points and actions to the mind map
* observe the results

Do let me know how you get on.

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