Meeting Types: Proposing Something New or Building on Another Idea?

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Meeting Types: Proposing Something New or Building on Another Idea?
Nick Anderson, Business Consultant, United States

There’s a relationship between two initiating behaviors and meeting success, namely, proposing – putting forward new ideas, and building – also sounds like a proposal, but develops another person’s proposal.
The difference between them is that proposing is an independent idea and building must be dependent on another person’s idea.
Research looked at the link between effective performance and these initiating behaviors. It clearly showed that most productive meetings were significantly related to the ratio of proposing and building behavior:
- They looked at groups high in proposing behavior and little if any building. These groups filters proposals = filter meetings. Low building levels means proposals are either accepted or rejected.
- Meetings with high building and low proposing are very different. Here, more people worked on the final idea by building on one another’s proposal = amplifier meetings. These last meetings lead to excitement, commitment to action and better idea quality because they are thought through by the group.



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