Document everything you want to make progress on.
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If you're not asking questions about how things will be implemented, what are you doing?
Unfortunately, the urban arena is too messed up for us to rely on the goodwill of people. We need to know what the action items are, who is responsible and what is the timeline for getting it done.
How many plans have you seen? How many task forces created? How many white papers published? And for what? To have all that knowledge and research sit on a shelf? I hope not.
The next time you go to a meeting, I want you to pay close attention to what's going on and if anyone from the host organization is taking notes or reporting progress from the last meeting. If you don't see this happening, I will say it again here - ask why and then walk out. You're wasting your time.
I don't know about you but I know I have better things to do than watch the goodwill of people yield no tangible result.