How often have you been at a meeting and you listened to an idea that you knew was only half-baked, or even off the mark but you didn't say anything? Did you fear retaliation? Or maybe you believed it was important to be humble and modest and not show off your far better knowledge. You might have even felt proud of not appearing arrogant or conceited.
No matter your rationale, you may have developed the habit of "staying behind the scenes" letting others "shine" while you executed on their ideas. It's now become routine to not stand out by sharing your wisdom and in some cases far greater creativity.
There are at least three problems with this boycott of standing out:
So rather than risk any of that, please remember that your company hired you because of your expertise, your particular intelligence, your experience. When you wonder if you should disagree in a meeting or even out and out correct someone, remind yourself that if you do it with respect and care and you advance the issue, you'll be doing what the company hired you for.
Judith Sherven is a clinical psychologist with over 35 years experience as a psychotherapist, transformational executive coach, and business consultant.
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