Finding the courage to speak up is critical to your success and your team's success, as collective decisions are driven by the diversity of your experiences and expertise. To be more productive in your next virtual meetings, shift your mindset from:
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Employees may refrain from speaking up because they:
They may decide to hold back an idea that is not thought out thoroughly. Shift your mindset: Your half-baked idea could be the first step in a team breakthrough. Speaking up may help your team advance from idea to execution.
Research on collective intelligence shows that participation increases collective intelligence and the decision-making quality of the team.
Shift your mindset:Think of your next virtual meeting as a puzzle where each team member holds unique pieces to that puzzle. Holding back your expertise and experiences, regardless of size or importance, may leave the puzzle incomplete. The purpose of speaking up in a meeting is not to stand out but to contribute to on-topic information.
We all struggle to speak up at times for many reasons:
However, if you stay silent, the quality of collective decisions may suffer.
Young or inexperienced people are often reluctant to share ideas because they are not in a position to do so.
Shift your mindset: Never underestimate the value your perspective brings to the table. If you remain silent, you are effectively choosing not to help the company.
Practice looking into your camera during video conferences when you speak, even for brief moments.
It's challenging to focus on your camera for an entire meeting, but know that you increase the impact of your points when you look deep into it.
Group meetings may feel intimidating. Speaking up in meetings is an opportunity to impact developing ideas, but it can also show up your ignorance in front of a large group.
But there are real advantages to speaking up.
...that stand out for their ability, both positively and negatively, to impact team dynamics, especially when it comes to meetings: the Challengers, the Analyzers, the Implementers and the Collaborators.
The best team managers know how to utilize the strengths these four strong personalities while mitigating their weaknesses and the negative impact they have on the team.
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