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Alex Somos

Yeah, but...Are you a naysayer?

I’m talking about people who immediately poke holes in any great idea, rather than first consider the idea’s potential for greatness.

I was recently at a conference where naysayers were in abundance: business leaders struggling to improve employee engagement, but who wouldn’t embrace the options and strategies presented to help solve their problems.

Part of their issue may have been them feeling like something was being done to them, or that they were “change-fatigued” and could not embrace the opportunity. All that said, we all do have a choice…

Among their arguments to the presenters:

“Yeah, but you don’t have so-and-so to deal with...”

“Yeah, but you don’t work where I do...”

“Yeah, but...”

It was a frustrating exercise in futility.

Rather than being open and truly examining possibility, the majority of attending leaders instantly closed themselves off—instead accepting impossibility from the get-go.

How can change and innovation ever happen when the people in charge only look at reasons not to?

Instead, “unguarded openness” is what leaders must aspire to: an open mind that allows for new ideas to flourish and positive change to occur (such as dramatically improving employee engagement).

The next time your gut reaction to an idea is “Yeah, but...,” stop yourself and take time to truly consider it. You may eventually decide it’s not the best option; but at least you approached it with an open mind and heart.

And who knows: by changing your attitude to look at things with unguarded openness, you just may stumble across something amazing someday—something that will make a significant difference in the evolution of your organization.

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