A Forgotten Question
If you want to be formal about it, you can designate a person. That person's task will be to ask this question at every meeting: "What are we doing here?"
Asking the question is important, but receiving an honest answer is even more important. Too often, the answer may be:
- Pretending to address a problem none of us really want to resolve.
- Meeting because we always meet at this time.
- Consulting others on a decision that has already been made.
- Protecting turf.
- Making sure the group doesn't do what it might do in our absence.
- Massaging an ego.