By Susan Leahy and Freeman Michaels
Within every organization, there are those individuals, for whom being positional is a chronic pattern. Simply put, these are people who tend to argue for their position and have trouble hearing and/or considering other peoples' ideas. Those people can not only be hard to deal with, they can erode team chemistry and prevent optimal collaboration. The following tool offers a constructive means of interacting with people who are caught in this pattern.
Before we offer this powerful little tool to help you when confronted with someone who wants to debate, we need to briefly discuss mindset. We want to suggest that maintaining the proper mindset, when confronted by a person who wants to debate, is the most important factor in moving through the challenge and generating collaboration.
For us, at Group to TEAM Leadership Solutions, team is a mindset where leaders look to include ideas and draw out different perspectives. In a team mindset, leaders are always looking for a win/win. It is never about controlling the person wanting to debate, it is about channeling their energy in a constructive way. A person operating out of a team mindset is always committed to dialogue, even if the other person wants to debate.
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If you consider your organization to be stuck in group and centred around self-interest, or if you are a leader facing the persistent need for those difficult conversations in the workplace, bring Susan and Freeman into your organization for Group to TEAM training. Click the link below to schedule a free consultation call.
Susan Leahy MA CSP is a powerful leadership, team building and keynote speaker, trainer, and coach. Susan gives live presentations, interactive online webinars, and private personal coaching.
Susan is the creator of The Confident Woman Program and Robert's Rules Made Simple. She is also the co-founder of Group To TEAM Leadership Solutions a global coaching and consulting organization providing leadership and TEAM building training that builds a culture of TEAM by empowering the individual to choose TEAM.
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