When you collaborate are you looking forward or backward?

I facilitated a Board meeting recently and an analogy used for how the Board operated was that of the direction you gazed when in a car.

“Instead of this Board looking in the rear view mirror when meeting, it should be looking out through the windshield.” In other words, this Board should be looking ahead and moving the organization forward with its leadership not reviewing what has already happened and giving feedback.

If you’re goal is to collaborate, you have to look through the windshield. Collaboration is about looking forward, not backward. There are times you can look backward, but not often. This lends itself to behavior that is something less than collaborative – second-guessing, judging, etc…

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