Every month we come to our Forum meetings, prepared to give an update on what’s happened since the last meeting and what’s coming up. We strive to share what’s meaningful and significant, the really tough dilemmas or unresolved issues we may not be able to share outside of Forum.
Once a year, consider an annual, instead of a monthly framing of these updates. In place of the standard format, ask everyone to reflect upon the “best and worst” of the last year, and the “dread and anticipate” of the upcoming 12 months. Then take extra parking lot time and try to think about issues from the yearly perspective. This may help you step back and look at important but not urgent issues in a new way.
As another aspect of this annual update, ask everyone to touch on learning and updates from the presentations they had done during the last 12 months.
One forum shared with me that, after taking this new approach, they voted to make this an annual practice!