Any excuse for 80s music.
I was present at a meeting that began to worryingly spiral down a negative slant.
We’ve all had meetings with clients or internal resource that gets stuck on a mainly irrelevant minus when you know the pluses are what’s important.
I succeeded in jumping out the rut by asking “what’s the best thing about…” what was being discussed. After a small silence, people chipped in with answers. The point was then made that the good significantly outweighed the bad and should rather shape future discussion.
Whilst not perhaps a remedy for every downward tilting forum, it proved a useful tool to reboot the room vibe in this instance and actually get something done.