Making a commitment to stand up and speak up can rock the boat with any team. It requires courage and an ability to take have the right, sometimes, tough conversations to produce better results.
The challenge is not everyone will agree with you; and, not everyone will support you, even if you are correct.
So, it begs the question, “Why bother?”
Ask yourself, “if I’m not willing to rock the boat, who will?”
The underlying problem is fear and it creates the ostrich approach.
Some excuses are:
- “I’m uncomfortable saying anything.”
- “No one will like me or listen to me if I say anything.”
- “If it doesn’t bother me, it shouldn’t bother you.”
Taking the ostrich approach ignores obvious matters and pretends they don’t exist. But, when problems do exist, avoidance doesn’t support the intended results.
Successful teams know that being clear of the costs of poor outcomes and making the commitment to rock the boat will produce better results.
It Takes Courage
Ignoring an issue until it can no longer be avoided is not a good practice. Provide training on how to conduct effective meetings (group and virtual). Use an executive coach to get the team unstuck and guide the creation of viable solutions. Encourage each and every team member to stand up and speak up. These will build communication, trust, accountability, and amazing results.
Rock the Boat Responsibly
- Voice your concerns in a positive tone. Remember, some team members will be unwilling to listen and consider there is a problem. Be prepared to review the objective facts before addressing less-factual concerns. Be respectful when addressing differing POVs.
- Brainstorm solutions with the team. Focus on creating win-win-win outcomes by brainstorming solutions with the team, not relying on one person for the answers. Don’t jump on selecting the first idea that resonates with the team. Explore ideas by taking the time to ask the right questions and deep dive into who, what, when, where, why, before addressing how. Use persuasive listening techniques to build alignment before revising the plan or project.
- Implement changes immediately. After alignment has occurred, it’s time to implement the change immediately. Remember, change can be difficult for some people and waiting will have people get cold feet. Make sure the person responsible for implementing the change has the interest and ability to do so. If there is a problem, immediately set up a meeting to talk with them. Before offering solutions, address: What has been done? What do they view as the next step? What, if anything, has stopped them from taking the new action?
©Jeannette Seibly, 2017-2019
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