Friday, March 10, 2006

The Longest Mile

The book drama continues, and I am trying to figure out what I have learned from this whole experience. The first thing that comes to mind is "don't volunteer to be on book committees" but that seems kind of harsh. The second thing I've been thinking about is how to deal with the other people who argued so strenuously against me. Am I supposed to move on and pretend that nothing happened? I think they did a pretty unfortunate thing, so I have trouble just putting on a happy face when I see them again. Then again, maybe I'm just being childish. Also, what can I do better next time? This is the one I will really have to think about. One requirement is to be better prepared. Since I didn't really know what I was in for this time around, I couldn't foresee many of the problems before they arose. Next time, however, I will be well prepared. My arguments will be honed, my facts will be straight, and I will make certain that I have every weapon at my disposal. All with a cheerful and friendly demeanor of course.

1 comment:

::Wendy:: said...

I once worked with a girl who when she reqally wanted to influence a decision would go to each person one by one, alone and ask them what they thought and then break-down their arguments on an individual level before the decision meeting. This meant that they agreed BEFORE the decision meeting and that no-one witnessed them having their argument being destroyed by superior logic - they 'saved face' It was very effective at getting good group decisions. It was VERY time consuming and the girl never got credit for having the impact she obviously had - if you knew her strategy.