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Is your meeting suffering from "mission mirroring?"

"Mission mirroring" is described as "the phenomenon that occurs when an organization [or a meeting, adds me] becomes enmeshed internally in the same conflicts it was founded to deal with externally." When I read about it on Mark Athitakis' Acronym post, I couldn't help but think of all those meeting sessions I've been to on how to conduct good, relevant adult education, delivered didactically with hideously convoluted, impossible to read PowerPoint decks, with the speaker all the while saying, "Do as I say, not as I do."

Uh, disconnect or what?

Mark asks, "Is simply acknowledging the problem quite enough to help fix it?" GIven my meeting example, definitely not, especially since it has been going on for at least the 12 (or is it 13 now?) years I've been covering this industry. While I have seen some small improvements (and to be fair, there are some people who rock the house at actually using adult learning principles to teach adult learning principles), it's all too often still the norm. And these are the educators! I'm not sure what we can do to break this mirror. Any suggestions?

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