Use when one or more people meet to accomplish something.


    1. Check In.
    2. State What You Want.

State, in a succinct way, what you want to get from this meeting.


      • “I want to know what our message is for this version.”
      • “I want ideas for how to improve morale on this team.”
      • “I want to Perfection Game how that last customer meeting went.”

If you want what someone else wants in the meeting, you may state that as your Meeting Alignment. Example: “I want the same thing that Joe wants.”

    1. Alignment Check.

At any point during the meeting, especially when a lull occurs or someone is off topic, say “Alignment Check.” At that point each person states, from 1 to 10, where he or she is in getting what he or she wants. Whoever has the lowest score is expected to lead in attaining what he wants. If you give yourself a 10 during an Alignment Check, this means you have gotten what you wanted and may leave the meeting if desired.



“Alignment Check”
“Sue, you said 2, so let’s work on yours.”

    1. Adding Wants (Optional).

If you are at a 10 in getting what you wanted, you may add a new Want.


“I want to add a new Want. I want to give the team my idea about how to ship this product earlier.”

At that point, proceed to get the new Want until you are at a 10.

    1. Check Out.

After getting what you want out of the meeting, you may do one of the following:

      • State a new Want.
      • If you have agreed to help someone get what they want, then you would stay until they have gotten their want.
      • Check Out



  • To have a measurable, desired personal outcome for the meeting.
  • To get what you say you want from the meeting.
  • To hold others accountable for getting what they want.
  • To declare and pursue only one Want at a time.
  • To re-perform Meeting Alignment when your Want changes during a meeting or if you have a new Want after achieving your previous one.
  • To have a relevant Want that is in line with the overall meeting objectives.
  • To leave the meeting if you do not know what you want.
  • To support others in leaving the meeting when they have what they want (are at a 10).


  • State any meeting constraints at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Split into smaller groups if there are more than 8 participants in a meeting.
  • Use Decider to make decisions efficiently.
  • Ask for Help to get what you want.
  • Example: “Dave, will you help me after this meeting by going over this with me?”
  • Take explicit action to pursue what you want from the meeting if you are the lowest on an Alignment Check.
  • Do an Intention Check on why you are in the meeting, especially if you don’t know what you want.
  • Limit discussions when results do not come quickly. If needed, simply make a presentation and ask for ideas, perfecting, and 1-1 discussions once the meeting is over.

Copyright © 2007 Jim and Michele McCarthy

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