Someone Has to Speak Up


We can't make progress if we don't act.
We can't act on what we don't know.
We can't know unless we talk about it.
We can't talk about it unless it's made public.

Progress often is blocked because the necessary conversation among the right people isn't happening.  Why? Because people assume others already know about the concern in question and choose not to do something about it or because the people who can/need to change aren't given the feedback that might lead them to do so.

It's common to complain about a co-worker's annoying behavior to a friend, but your friend isn't the one who could actually stop the behavior that bothers you.  At some point you need to chat with the source.

If you find yourself (either as a speaker or listener) engaging in small group conversations that begin "What we really need to do around here is ..." or "I sure wish someone would ..." ask yourself what contribution you can make to advance the desired ending or who to invite into the conversation to help make things happen.

And if you find yourself having that conversation with yourself, inside your own head, know that the only way to make progress is if you make your private thoughts public and invite others to engage in the conversation and the necessary commitments.

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