While having dinner last night, our family engaged in our typical routine of asking each other what they did during the day. This is my wife’s and my way of discovering what our children did in school.
Ophelia started this night’s round by telling us about her time on the playground, her love of math class, and the cupcakes that were brought in for one her classmates’ birthday.
It was when she started talking about her “class meeting” time that my ears perked up. I asked her what she and her class did during this meeting time.
“Oh,” she started. “We sit in a circle and we go around and each person talks about what they did during that day: what went well, what went wrong. Then the others give suggestions on how that person can improve.”
Ophelia is in the second grade and she has exactly described every single business status meeting I have had the mis-pleasure of attending over the past 16 years.
Think about every weekly status roundtable discussion you have at your place of employment and my daughter has described it perfectly.
So, I’m not sure what conclusion to draw from this. It’s either…
a) Second grade is the new training ground for the future cubicle-dwellers of the world; or
b) The modern business world operates just like a second grade classroom.