Are you having difficulties working with someone on your team? Wondering why the harmony on your team has been disrupted since you started a new project? Conflicts due to communication styles and approaches to solving problems are quite common. They are even healthy. That doesn’t make them feel any better in the moment. But awareness can help you and your team figure out how to move forward. Instead of getting stuck.
Tell the truth. It’s something we’ve been taught to do ever since we were children – tell the truth. And we do our best to present things as they are. But how often do we tell the truth about ourselves?
We all have a desire to build connections. It’s very much a shared human experience. An experience with different approaches and intensities. But what does it mean to build connections? Is it the same as gaining followers?
Often times, senior leaders ask for input on an initiative but, hold on tightly to their own idea of how things should work. If you’re the person they’ve asked for input… then the natural question (inside voice) is “why’d you ask me then?” The reality is, we all can get attached to our own ideas. Senior leaders are no different. So how can you help them recognize this and see another way?
Here’s a question I hear often: “I’m being asked to carry out a decision I disagree with. What do I do?” I’ve come to learn over the years that, this question generally comes up because the person wants to speak up, but is lacking the courage to do so. There’s usually one of two things getting in the way:
- Don’t feel equipped (Knowledge/Skill/Experience)
- Don’t feel safe (Trust)
Whether it’s lacking the “know how” or trust, to build the courage to take action, action is required.