“Don’t see me” our niece used to say when she was a toddler. The same message seems to apply in adult conversations when the prospect of having a difficult conversation arises. It’s certainly not easy to have these conversations and the habit is to hide from it and wish it away, but that only escalates the problem.
It is time to change the conversation about work and realize that the work is the conversation. Our focus is on helping individuals, teams, leaders and the entire organization shift from the old world of minimal conversations – keeping your head down and grinding away at tasks – to the new world conversations – diversity of perspectives, engaging and synergizing each other’s strengths and passions, searching for innovative solutions to old world problems and shifting management principles to leadership vision for a rapidly changing world.