A lot of people concur with others. “Amen!” they shout to verbalize their agreement. “We’re on the same page,” they seem to say.
This is a good thing; aligned organizations make amazing things happen. Yet, what’s the first step in getting ourselves aligned? Answer: Someone needs to speak up.
Here’s the elephant in the office: The workplace is filled with inexcusable behaviors. Too many people are tolerating these actions without saying a word, while waiting for someone else to stand up and say, “We can do better”.
It’s amazing: once someone does stand up and address the elephant people come from everywhere to say “Amen brother!”
Do you have the courage to speak up when no one else will? Or do you suffer from amen affliction?
STOMP THE ELEPHANT
Most people won’t speak up when they see poor behavior around them because they fear the ramifications. Will I be outcast? Will there be retribution? These are real concerns. Yet, what are we suffering when we don’t speak up? What’s the cost to our personal well-being, our family’s joy and business results when we allow toxic attitudes to continue?
Today it can be different. Today we can speak up and address what it is we want to see improve. Here’s the key to doing this: there’s a big difference between stomping people and stomping behaviors. When we address unacceptable actions with a desire to serve even the person who is demonstrating the boorish behavior – when we share what’s important and why – then we tap into a shared value: the desire to see everyone prosper.
What poor behaviors around you are ready to be stomped? You’re being called.
Where will you lead – where will you stomp elephants – today?