Speak Up!

It’s easy to say that you want your employees to speak their minds. All of the management books you read claim that you need to create an environment where your subordinates feel comfortable with disagreeing with you or questioning the status quo. It feels good to say you foster this environment.

Do you really? How do you react when one of your direct reports has a different idea than one you hold dear? Does your voice tense up? Do you seek to explore the new idea or do you shut the conversation down quickly? Do you reward them for speaking up or make them wish they’d kept their mouth shut 30 seconds after voicing their thoughts?

You know the right answers to these questions. Your best people speak up. If you don’t foster an environment where they feel like they can, they’ll choose to work somewhere that allows them to do so.

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2 Responses to “Speak Up!”

  1. Benny Greenberg Says:

    Great Post I love the process of making the people you work with better every day. I enjoy the mentoring and teaching part of my career more than any other part.

    Someone once said that no one can really motivate anyone else; all we can do is motivate ourselves and hope it catches on. You will probably never know how much you influence others with your behavior. When you always go the extra mile, you will influence those in your circle of friends and acquaintances, your family, your co-workers, and even your bosses to do more and better than they have done before. Your value to yourself and others is greatly enhanced by your ability to influence others to be happier, more productive people. There are no salary caps or career limits for those who lead others to great heights of success. Such people are simply too valuable.

    I recently wrote a blog on leadership, perhaps it is something you and your readers would like…

    http://yattitude.wordpress.com/2008/03/06/ya-ttitude-on-leadership/

    Benny

  2. Josh Says:

    You make an excellent point. As leaders, we are always being watched by others. If we are negative, it bleeds throughout the entire team. If we are encouraging and motivational, then that, too, is felt throughout the organization. I think that the strength of a leader is best shown through their ability to keep people focused on improving themselves, coaching them for success and ultimately grooming them to be leaders themselves.

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