Let's Take This Outside

By April 24, 2012 No Comments

At Daxko, we’re fortunate to have the 3-mile Lakeshore Greenway on our back doorstep.  The weather has been beautiful this Spring and I’ve found myself daydreaming of having a retractable sunroof that would let us work while basking in the warm sun and fresh breezes.  So, the retractable sunroof thing might not be that feasible, but going on walking meetings is easily within reach.

For the past month or so, I’ve gone on walking one-on-one meetings with teammates.  We spend an hour catching up on projects, brainstorming ideas, and solving problems—all while soaking in this glorious Alabama Spring.  I’ve found that not only are “Walking 1-on-1’s” more enjoyable than spending that time meeting in a conference room, but they are more productive.  Below are a few reasons I think they are so great:

  • Calming and inspiring atmosphere.    A new environment = new perspective on existing projects and challenges.  It’s amazing how a new idea or solution can easily come to you once you change locations.
  • Moving in the right direction.  Warning:  if you don’t like cheesy comparisons, skip to the next bullet.  Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…There is truly a very different vibe of sitting across a conference table from a team member vs. both of us walking together in the same direction. It just feels like we’re working towards the same goal.  And it keeps the conversation moving forward.
  • The important details rise to the top.  In the office, it’s easy to get hung up on the nitty gritty details because you have your laptop, your notebook, printouts, even an agenda.  Getting stuck in the weeds in almost unavoidable.  But outside without all those “props”, we just stick to the most important details.  If we need to remember an action item or idea that came out of our walking meeting, we just jot it down quickly on our phone and move on.

If you haven’t tried a walking meeting yet, you should.  It’s a great way to get your exercise, your fresh air, and have a meaningful and productive conversation with your team!

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