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Q: “As I’m getting more comfortable in my job, I’m realizing we need to make some changes to our processes and our culture. How do I communicate that without getting in trouble?” – A. Holt, Nashville, TN
JJ Singh, Founder & CEO: No matter the aspect of our lives – personal or professional – it’s difficult to affect change. And in large part that starts with the challenge of communicating the change we want to see.
Early in my career, I learned that it’s easier to be the person in the room constantly objecting or expressing concerns than to be the one offering solutions. That isn’t to say we don’t take a risk when we speak up about the problems we see in the workplace, but the truly hard part is getting people together to affect that change you feel is important.
I chose the word “feel” not to minimize the desire you might have, but to note that sometimes those feelings are hard to verbalize. But until you can verbalize those feelings in a compelling and succinct manner for the intended audience, you’re going to have a hard time making change happen.
The truth is, change is tough for everyone involved – it’s always uncomfortable to realize you’ve got room for growth and it’s always difficult to communicate this assessment to others, no matter their seniority to you.
So, when you realize you want a change, here’s an exercise that’s always helped me:
Write it down. Don’t filter it. Open up a new document and write exactly how you feel.
Now, you need to figure out things in a more logical way – what is your goal and how do you measure that success? If you can’t verbalize this, you’re not ready for the conversation.
Then, list some strategies and tactics. You don’t need it all figured out, but you do need some thoughts when an ally asks “well, what do you want to do about this problem?”
This doesn’t mean you have to hand folks a document or business plan. The point of this exercise is to allow you to manage your thoughts so you enter the meeting with the best presentation possible to represent your views and for those in the room to understand your vision.
And let me also add – no healthy work environment should punish employees for raising concerns. We all learn from the sharing of ideas and while there might be disagreement, there’s no reason we can’t have respectful discourse about even the most delicate subject matter.