Johnnie Moore

Which pool would you swim in?

Johnnie Moore

Johnnie Moore

I’m Johnnie Moore, and I help people work better together

Rob put up a great post the other day making a whole load of challenging points about how see the world. I want to pick a couple of his images to make a slightly narrower point about meetings and how we play them.

Here´s exhibit A:

pool1.jpg

This is a conventional swimming pool and a particularly attractive one I´d say. It´s what we´ve been trained to think of as a nice safe place to swim… and in many ways it is if you don´t mind the chlorine. But for reasons elaborated by Rob in his post, this pool has a lot of downsides: it´s expensive, hard to sustain, uses lots of energy and chemicals, and if the maintenance fails even a little, it quite quickly becomes a pretty nasty place to be. it´s a very artificial space, sterile if you will.

Then there´s Exhibit B:

pool2.png

This is also a swimming pool, Jim, but not as most of us know it. No chlorine. As Rob puts it:

If designed to work with nature, Nature becomes your pool service. Not a chemical in sight! No scum on the way and if you have the right surrounding environment with the right birds and insects then no mossies either. As each year passes this pool gets easier to run and gets more attractive.

This one looks a bit messy in comparison, and if you´re not used to it you might feel less safe stepping into it. But it´s more sustainable.

So here´s my point: too many meetings are like the conventional pool – they´re safe but a bit smelly, comfortable in a way but at the price of being sterile. Where the pool has chlorine, maintenance men and ugly cleaning machines the conventional meeting has keynotes, powerpoint and often overbearing chairmen and, er, facilitators.

The second pool is more like open space and other conversational formats: intially intimidating and messy looking but more sustainable and, at least in a sense, natural.

I know which I´d rather jump into…

—–

Share Post

More Posts

More Updates

Emotional debt

Releasing the hidden costs of pent up frustrations

Aliveness

Finding the aliveness below the surface of stuck

Johnnie Moore

One step at a time

I saw a lot of myself in Viv’s description of indecision and the wisdom of accepting offers and doing something… one step at a time.

Johnnie Moore

Engineering serendipity?

Roland Harwood at NESTA wrote about Engineering Serendipity last week and it’s been on my mind since then. He’s been meeting lots of companies that try to broker relationships between

Johnnie Moore

links for 2011-09-09

Douglas Rushkoff – Blog – CNN.com: Are Jobs Obsolete? "What we lack is not employment but a way of fairly distributing the bounty we have generated through our technologies and a

Johnnie Moore

Locked out radio workers turn to podcasts

Chris Corrigan reckons..the podcasts produced by the locked out employees of CBC are far far better than the crap produced by the locked in managers. We live in interesting times.