I could hear the passion and growing disgust in the conversation behind me. It was a long day of travel and I was mildly amused that someone else shared the challenges of the day.
Until, I could see the conversation was going no-where. At least no-where productive. You can call me an optimist but even at the end of a challenging day, I like to celebrate some forward movement, no matter how slight even if it is for someone else.
Unfortunately, as the conversation unfolded, it was clear neither side was listening and the endless flow of adult beverage wasn’t adding new insight into the situation. In fact, it was clear to me that the purpose of their trip was about to be grounded before it even began. And sadly, it was an inside job because the people talking were on the same team.
Wow what a waste of energy, time, talent and resource. Have you ever thought of that?
How often do we embark on a trip, not fully grounded in a broad perspective so we can build a unified front to solve any issue? It is really easy to do in this dynamic fast paced world, isn’t it? We need own the foundational discipline of being grounded on the same facts, the same reality and the same consequences if we wish to work together towards a better future. And learn to embrace the power in different perspectives to truly uncover the best solution. Rarely does anyone hold the key to the perfect answer. The power comes from embracing our differences, uncovering the truth and getting insights for the best future path.
It doesn’t cost anything but our time and undivided attention. And of course the willingness to truly listen, add value and work together towards a common goal. Sounds simple. And it is, but that doesn’t make it easy.
How many times have you jumped to conclusions in the spirit of being efficient only to miss the point? What have you learned about your approach and more importantly how to be more effective next time? Because there will be a next time. And your effort to think about how you would optimize your approach next time will help others see what is possible.
And isn’t that what leadership is all about?