Archive for January 29th, 2009

Shut Up and Listen

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I’m in a season of restructuring and reforming some very important systems in how things are done within my realm of responsibility.  As I work to make changes that are best for our ministry I can’t help but seek input from others.  I can not take on the attitude that I have all the answers in how I approach some of the necessary changes that need to be made.  I need to bring in others who can speak into the changes and help bring about the best solutions.

The day I take on the perspective that I am always right is the day that I have killed the chance of determining the right solution to the problem.  I may come up with a good solution but it may not be the right one.  

“The need to be right all the time is the biggest barrier to new ideas.” —Edward de Bono

I have learned that in many meetings that I am a part of I can be the loudest voice in the room.  I may not speak all that often but the tone of voice I use in addressing an issue removes the creativity from others who could share some excellent ideas.  Unfortunately I have done this in the past.

Has this ever happened to you?

I am understanding that in most cases I need to hear from others and then sit back to formulate the solution after fully hearing their ideas.  If I truly value the opinions of those that I am asking for input I need to speak less and listen more.