Apr 03 2013

A Response to Seth’s field guide to the Meeting Troll

Published by at 6:50 am under collaboration,engagement,facilitation,love

Lotus of conversationAh Seth, we know the troll of which you speaketh in your blog post,  Seth’s Blog: A field guide to the Meeting Troll.

In response, here are the people I want to invite into the circle. (See, I even avoided the word “meeting” as we have so many coded “dirty words!”)

Come into the circle with me.

  1. You are curious. “Not knowing” is an asset, not a deficit. You ask AMAZING questions.
  2. You are playful. Risk taking is in your repertoire.
  3. You love creating opportunity for yourself and others. Love is an operational word here…
  4. You love solving wicked problems… I can see the glee on your face.
  5. You bring and SHARE your chocolate (oranges, carrot sticks, croissants, coffee, etc.)
  6. You create space, not only fill it.When you occupy space, it is always with genuine presence and  contribution.
  7. You don’t hide behind your words. Or your positional power.
  8. You explain your acronyms (this is important to me– I work in international development!)
  9. Failure is a learning opportunity for you. You help me mine the learning from my failures. You seek multiple perspectives to learn from your failures.
  10. You discern when something is simple and when it is complex and act accordingly. This includes knowing when to STOP doing something.
  11. You are not fearless, but you do not shy away from fear.
  12. You trust me. I trust you. We know how to honor and forgive.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “A Response to Seth’s field guide to the Meeting Troll”

  1. Tom Ritcheyon 03 Apr 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Re: “Wicked Problems”, we thought that you might like to know about this:

    “Wicked Problems – Social Messes: Decision support Modelling with Morphological Analysis”. Springer, 2011.

    You can see a description at Springer here:



    Tom Ritchey

  2. Nancy Whiteon 05 Apr 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks, Tom!

  3. Nadiaon 05 Apr 2013 at 10:41 am

    Hi Nancy, I love your circle. Definitely one I would join and I think we can manage with the troll… I would also invite the ones with big hearts willing and open to be touched by what will happen the circle as well as the ones with big ears showing us the quality of deep listening… Many thanks, Nadia

  4. Nancy Whiteon 05 Apr 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Yes, big hearted trolls!!

  5. Nadiaon 05 Apr 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Curious and playful big hearted trolls listening deeply and sharing chocolate!

  6. […] And still, too many workshop agendas are overfilled with too many overloaded and unexciting inputs followed by superficial Q&A that don’t really deepen our understanding. These kinds of meetings bear the risk that we become Meeting Trolls (check Seth Godin’s fabulous post on meeting trolls as well as Nancy White’s post on the lovely anti-trolls). […]

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