Open Communication Culture
We did a deal. Then a while later, the deal went so far South you would have seen penguins swimming in the frozen ocean.
Me: "I didn't feel right about it."
My partner: "Well why didn't you say anything?"
Me: "Well you didn't say anything!"
Him: “I didn’t say anything ‘cause you didn’t say anything!"
That's happened a couple of times to us and many times to our entrepreneur friends.
We knew we needed to develop an open communication culture.
Here’s how it works:
- Speak your mind with the other person’s best interests in mind.
- No snarky ramifications. Meaning, even if I don’t like what you’re saying, I’ll stop and listen to you because you’ve earned my trust.
- Check in with each other often. Post-meeting debriefs are the best.
- Ask, “How do you feel about this?"
- Then, be honest. “Everything looks great, but I’m feeling funky."
We’re learning to trust our guts, share openly, and avoid that funky feeling.
(photo via kevin thai)
Posted on March 28, 2016
by Tim & Tommy filed under