What kind of a team mate do you want to be?
We are an organization that places a big premium on individuals living the values of the organization. One of our values is Openness.
One of the things that we realised early in trying to live this value is, as Canadian author Danielle Laporte put it, “Openness is not a passive exercise. You actually have to do openness.” It is uncomfortable at times, it takes courage almost always but most importantly, we have come to realise, it requires compassion.
The intent behind being open is more important than the act itself. What is your intent when you give that feedback that may sound blunt when you deliver it?
As long as the feedback that we give comes from a place of compassion to help, to elevate, to improve – it will raise the whole team in an upward spiral of transparency that truly helps. But if the intent (consciously or unconsciously) is not on these lines – your openness is perhaps hurting your team mates more than it is helping them.
What kind of team mate do you want to be?