Permission to speak

There is someone in your organization who wants to speak with you. They have thought about this conversation for some time. They have ideas, healthy concerns, and even frustrations that they have been carrying for a while.

As the person they report to or see as a leader in the company, they believe you are best suited to help them make sense of what they’re thinking about, but they have one fundamental challenge – they don’t know how to approach you.

They worry about your possible reaction to what they want to say. They’re not sure if the conversation will happen in a way that’s constructive.

How do we communicate that we want those in our organizations to speak freely and give us the feedback we need?

“True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes.” – Daniel Kahneman

Being approachable starts with demonstrating that communication, questions and open dialogue are welcomed.

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