One of our greatest assets can also bring on some of our most unwanted setbacks.
It all starts with one word.
When what we think becomes the single most important element in our world, we've essentially stepped into our very own…
We "grab the microphone" and proceed to share (aka…preach) why we are right, and others are wrong. We've convinced ourselves that the other side of the issue is out of touch, uneducated and detached from reality.
And somewhere along the line it happens.
A team that was clicking on all cylinders starts to feel unsettled. Tension replaces calm. Drama shows up early and stays late. Gossip, infighting and rumors are standard issue.
Now…I'm not saying that just because you have an opinion that you shouldn't share it. But here is one way you can safeguard against your opinion becoming a stick of emotional dynamite.
Be willing to share your opinion freely while letting everyone know you aren't married to it if it affects your team's ability to stay focused on the organization's vision.
Stop preaching preference.
Preaching personal preference can destroy your team's performance.
Share your thoughts. Just be careful it isn't at the expense of your team's progress. Be passionate about what you bring to the table. Just be ready to let your view hit the cutting room floor if it needs to.
Tune in. Listening twice as often as you speak will allow you to hear with clarity what your team is sharing, while still bringing the incredible value inside your heart to the journey.
Enjoy the journey.
Enjoy your team.
There is no better feeling than arriving at the destination you were trying to get to, with the people you care the most about with you. And that only happens when you share the stage, not hog the pulpit.
From the desk of our founder, Brett W. Gould.
Brett W. Gould