Posted by Howe Q. Wallace on Friday, April 17th, 2015
This happens too often.
A group of us will be gathered around talking about something that went wrong. Someone says….
“I knew that would….”
“I thought that might….”
“I was scared that….”
“I didn’t think it was right when…”
You get my point here. So many times, the bad thing that happened could have been predicted. But, for whatever reason, the concern isn’t surfaced.
It doesn’t get considered. It doesn’t get addressed. We fix it later, when we might have prevented.
It takes courage to be the one to say this might not work.
It is a brave thing to tell the boss that a strategy we are about to embark on may have some holes in it.
It feels safer to sit quietly, but it isn’t really safer. As team members we have to feel empowered to share thoughts, voice concerns, express ideas. We do this by respecting and by honoring every effort in that direction. As teammates and leaders, we make a mistake when we do anything that makes someone regret the initiative of pointing out a concern.
The French General Napoleon Bonaparte once said “Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.”