FRANCOIS FAVIERAirbus Leadership University

The tingsha bells

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A person is in charge during a meeting to make cymbals sing when people deviate from the objective and the purpose of the meeting.


Help participants to focus on what matters during a meeting.



    ​As part of every meeting, someone is asked to volunteer to take possession of a pair of tingsha bells, two small hand cymbals that can make a beautiful, crystal-like sound.

    Whenever the person feels that ground rules are not being respected, or that the meeting is serving egos more than purpose, he / she can make the cymbals sing. The rule is that no one can speak until the last sound of the cymbal has died out - which takes a surprisingly long time. 

    During the silence, participants are to reflect on the question: Am I in service to the topic we are discussing and to the organization?

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