We’ve all experienced this:
We ask a co-worker or subordinate, “How are things going with that project/employee/problem or ___________________ (fill in the blank)?”
“Fine,” he or she replies.
But we know this is not the reality we see.
So why are we often reluctant to ask for help or discuss challenges we are facing?
Vulnerability. Exposure. Risk.
What it boils down to is: we’re not sure how to have conversations that discuss challenges, or ask for help, and still feel comfortable and safe. And, yet, it is these types of conversations in the workplace that will ultimately lead to break-through solutions that transform challenges into opportunities for success.
Love provides the courage to step into and through the Vulnerability that hinders our conversations; Love expands the comfort zone in business so we can discuss our challenges in an open, honest, and collaborative way.
We find that creating an atmosphere of Acceptance, through the utility of Love, empowers a critical skill: active listening. When we listen to our colleagues, without judgment, they are able to fully express themselves. When we don’t reject what they are saying, we can help them move through any discomfort they have about their challenges into a place of possible solutions. We free their creative problem solving skills because we have allowed them to expand their comfort zone.
And, in the process, we expand our own comfort zone, as we practice and improve our ability to inspire and facilitate the collaborative conversations that lead to greater success for our organization.
Now it’s your turn. . .
What experiences have you had with expanding the comfort zone in your business?
Share your comments and stories about how Love creates a better way to do business.
Together we can make a difference that truly matters.