When you’re in any type of position; junior engineer, senior engineer, management, etc…, you should have the comfort and ability to speak up. Far too many people in every position are scared to speak about a problem. Whether the reason is they’re scared to lose their job, they aren’t confident that anyone will listen, or any other reason; it’s an excuse, one that should be removed from your brain.
As a leader in any organization, you must speak up for the good of your team and the organization.
In this blog post, you’ll learn about the why and when for speaking up.
The Wheels Keep Spinning
I’m sure you’ve all seen the movies that are captivated as living the same day over and over again, nothing different happens, and the wheels keep spinning; that’s what happens when you don’t speak up.
Repeating the same day over and over again is the equivalent of what happens in most organizations.
Why? Because there are the typical excuses of:
- This is the way it’s always been done
- We’ve been operating like this for X number of years
- Everyone is going through their day just fine
The typical excuses are probably the worst ones. Think about it; if there was never change because “that’s the way things have always been done”, we would all be riding around on horses instead of driving cars.
When the wheels keep spinning and no charge occurs, nothing is updated. When nothing is updated, the business becomes stagnant. When the business becomes stagnant, a competitor will win.
Speaking up about positive change is crucial to keeping any business open.
No Change Occurs
Sometimes, a leader does speak up, and no one listens. The truth of the matter is everyone has their own priorities, and without them knowing it, it’s typically just their day-to-day. The robotic tactics of wake up, do work, answer emails, go to sleep. It pretty much means those people aren’t thinking outside of the box.
The problem is; you are (I assume).
If you’re thinking outside of the box, you have to make that relevant.
How can you do that? A few ways:
- Don’t just complain about a problem. Find a way to fix it. Share that fix with others.
- Write it up in an email or a Word doc and send it out to who needs to read it.
- Set up a meeting and throw it on everyone’s calendar.
- Keep pushing the fix to the issue until everyone listens.
When a change doesn’t occur, and you know it needs to, it’s up to you to address it. Otherwise, the fix that you’re proposing will go into the ether.
We’re All A Team
There’s something very important to remember; speaking up doesn’t mean you should be acting cocky or using it as a mechanism to boost up your ego. In fact, you should be leaving your ego at the door and not acting out of emotion.
Instead, you should remember that there’s a mission every organization wants to accomplish. Because you, as a leader, want to complete the mission, you’re speaking up to ensure that it happens. It’s not about who’s right or who’s wrong. It’s not about if it’ll make you look good. It’s about taking ownership of what you’re trying to accomplish for the good of the mission.
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