Now we are back from the holiday season, we are moving into the phase of the year that feels like a fresh start, almost like how it used to be to go back to school.
September is the month for getting everyone together and refocusing. Conference season is upon us and more team meetings are held at this time of year.
This means it’s time to think about your impact and how you can use these meetings and moments to” dare to share” more.
Consider these 6 tangible ways to share information with each other
1. Take responsibility, it starts with you. People often think knowledge is power and hold onto it rather than give it away. As a leader or a team member, if you want others to share information, you need to be the one that kicks it off. Show you are not afraid to share information and demonstrate that you’re not afraid to give something away.
2. Make people aware of the effect – feedback is essential. Use it to encourage people to realise that what they are doing by sharing is right. Encourage others to share. Also help by letting them know when sharing didn’t happen but would have helped – and why.
3. Everything is about learning so create a learning culture, a culture of “We’re in this to learn”. Make a habit out of thinking that way yourself, create an open, inquisitive mindset. Be eager to learn from others by being interested in what they have to share.
4. Clarify why you are doing something – link it to the bigger picture. The critical part of sharing information is if you understand context. If you understand the “why” and “how” it links to what everyone is doing, you are more likely to get involved. This gets others involved and encourages more sharing.
5. Celebrate success. By celebrating you are sharing something that has worked already. The pace we work at means we don’t always take the time to learn and share from what worked well – and yet, in here lies both learning and a wonderful sense of accomplishment.
6. Dare to share is the hero here. Something very powerful happens when people see someone else dare to share. If they see a team member sharing it can be seen as courageous, it makes them want to follow and do it too. Sharing is contagious.
Behaviour breeds behaviour and disclosure breeds disclosure so give it a go, start sharing more today.
Have the courage and dare to share. No one knows everything and the only way to learn and improve things is to share more.
So get out there and use those meeting moments wisely.
About the authors
Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.
Their latest book ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions” is out now, published by Financial Times International.
Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”This book is a 21st-century guide on how to build a world-class team. I highly recommend it” Steve Siebold, Founder, Mental Toughness University, Florida USA.
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