Monday, 27 February 2017

When people are quiet inside they're often loud outside

No doubt you've noticed that politicians and Governments usually lose elections rather than win them.

In my observation a key reason for this is the lack of 'cabinet solidarity', or more to the point those outside the cabinet speaking their minds in public in ways that are contrary to the positions of their Government.

Of course this chips away at public confidence and trust in the government, and providing the opposition parties maintain solidarity, they end up in Government.

In Australia right now the former Prime Minister is playing this sorry game, I suspect this is because he feels he is not being heard inside his party, his ego is out of control, or both.

There's a great lesson here for you and your team, and your whole business.

Are your people speaking up? Is dissent encouraged and valued?

The chances are if people aren't speaking up, they are doing so away from your business.

The old adage about what people say and do when you're not around is your culture holds true too.

Who will you become? What will you do next?

Here's two suggestions:

1) Become remarkable at communicating and having candid and convivial conversations with others that leads to people being inspired to stay on the same page with you, and be able to consistently bring the best version of themselves to their work.

2) Become remarkable at listening and letting others know that you've heard them and understand and appreciate their feelings and thoughts. When people feel appreciated and acknowledged they're much less likely to show dissent outside your business.


Should you want some help with these two essential leadership skills please give me a call. My number is +61 418 807 898.

Be remarkable.
Ian
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