- blog (19)
As an HR manager in the last couple of years, I have observed instances where employees overestimated their own abilities and subsequently underperformed or struggled with their responsibilities. One of these employees was me. I thought I was doing a great job of being in control and protecting my team to ensure they were productive, calm and dedicated to their work. Little did I know, I was actually over-talking and driving them insane!
It wasn’t until our team coach, let’s call her Coach M, pointed out my behavior during our workshops with the team that I realized how much I was blabbering away. Coach M recommended that I start speaking last during these meetings. At first, I was like, “What?! Speak last? That’s like telling a dog not to bark!” But, I decided to give it a try. Life is a never-ending learning journey, right?
And you know what? It worked like a charm! All of a sudden, my team members had a chance to speak up and share their ideas without me cutting them off. The team became more collaborative, and ideas flowed more freely. I couldn’t believe the difference it made.
But the impact of this lesson didn’t stop at work. I started to notice that I had a tendency to over-talk in my personal life too. I mean, who knew I was such a chatterbox! And of course I did not mean to be rude, I was always just super curious and assuming the next topic a person in my private life was trying to tell me more about. But by being more mindful of my behavior, I started to connect with others on a deeper level and build stronger relationships.
So, if you’re leading a team like I did, don’t be afraid to take a step back and let others take the lead. It might just be the key to unlocking a more productive and collaborative team. And who knows, you might even learn something new about yourself in the process!
It’s important to strike a balance between control and listening. And if you find yourself talking too much, just remember to take a deep breath and let others have their say. Trust me, your team will thank you for it! And if you need some more piece of wisdom, drop me a message on LinkedIn, I am ready to listen 😊
TeamUp creates, curates and shares personal stories about business and life, to help you build the confidence and systems needed for another stage of growth. Book your free session with us – we’ve got you covered.