If you realize you are in an inefficient meeting or in a discussion that is going nowhere you have a method of improving the situation: Check Out. The Check Out Protocol requires you to remove yourself if you are in an unproductive situation. If you, or people you are with, are not fully present or if there is someplace else that it would be better for you to be then you should Check Out and do what you need so that you can Check In again. Jim and Michele walk through the protocol and discuss some of the situations in which Checking Out should be used, and provide anecdotes of how Check Out has helped in a range of situations such as family interactions, anger management, and meeting efficiency.
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