Wake Up & Listen Now. It’s All About Listening Leadership; Getting the Opposing Ideas on the Table; Taking the Sting Out of of Inconvenient Truths or Ideas We Don’t Want to Hear.

LEADERSHIP 

SITUATION;
There is a need to embrace inconvenient truths that could help;
Will learn this valuable lessons sooner rather than later.
Opportunity for learning & growth hides in perspectives we  don’t want to hear.
The perspectives that confuse, infuriate, and challenge us
Perspectives we don’t typically hear until someone leaves the organization.

SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS:
How as a leader can you better meet, and embrace, inconvenient truths?
Team members should take turns taking on this role of opposing ideas;
Responsibility should not fall to people who are naturally outspoken
See things differently because of their backgrounds.
Taking turns also reduces the likelihood any person is stigmatized
For slowing down the conversation or being the proverbial “stick in the mud;
These days, adopting “a growth mindset” is a popular phrase for solutions.

ACTION-ABLES PROCESS:

1) NORMALIZE OPPOSITION
Ask people to share what’s missing in the solutions or conclusions may feel risky.

2) INTERROGATE YOUR OWN REACTION –
Realize that behaviors, mindsets, actions have led conversation partners to feel this way
Further, consider what would it mean if it were true? What might you learn from this exchange, down the line;

3) CONSIDER WHAT YOU’RE LOSING
Ask yourself what learning and growth are you missing out on by ignoring inconvenient truth
Many companies even name “having a growth mindset” as a core value.
In a nutshell, it means going beyond the things which are easy and palatable
To embracing the things you don’t want to hear
Someone has likely taken risk to share with you

SOURCE:
“Leaders, it’s about time you get comfortable being uncomfortable” – https://www.fastcompany.com/90685672/leaders-its-about-time-you-get-comfortable-being-uncomfortable

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