Does your team have the “all-in” skill? Do they speak up and tell the truth – or do they play the “half-way” game, as in “I’m going to sort of tell you the truth – and then leave it to you to do what you will with it.”
I’m just sayin.
“I’m just sayin’” has become the popular phrase for forfeiting accountability. Translated, it means: “I care…but not enough to take any responsibility in moving the issue forward.” It signals to others that we’re afraid of how they might react – and that we lack the ability to communicate in a direct manner that builds people, partnerships and performance.
I’m just sayin’…is sayin’ more than people know.
We need leaders who are willing to be wrong. (It’s a step towards being right.) We need leaders who know that what they say doesn’t define them as a person – so they have the courage to tell the whole truth.
What whole truth will you communicate today, and how will you say it so others know you’re “all in”?
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I couldn’t agree more with this post. “I’m just sayin” is leaving businesses with unrealized results and lack of completeness on projects, issues and opportunities. This forfeiting accountability will only perpetuate mediocrity. New vocabulary, “I’m just doin”….feels like “all in” and accountability.
I am sure I am guilty of that, and today I am pledging to notice when I do it and take the high road instead.
I am moved by the phrase, “We need leaders who are willing to be wrong.” I whole heartedly agree with that, and strive to be that kind of leader. It takes courage, and I am still growing into it, but I believe in this sentiment so much.
Thanks for a meaningful post!