Jump-Starting a Dying Meeting

Today I was in one of those meetings where you get the sense that the people in the meeting would rather chew on glass than be there.

I was feeling a little tired myself so I suggested to the group:

“It feels like the energy level is low, maybe it’s just me because I’m a little tired, do you guys want to do this meeting another time?”

Pretty much instantly the energy level increased and the people got to work.

Sometimes all you need to do is expose the system to itself and it will self-correct.

Had I said, “guys, c’mon, let’s get to work” would it have had the same outcome?