AND WHAT YOU MIGHT TRY IF YOU GO PUBLIC WITH YOUR PROBLEMS
LEADERSHIP PLANNING SESSION:
You might consider:
- Restating what the plan is going to be (in an abbreviated form).
- Remind the people what we’re really about.
- Tell a compelling story that helps illustrate the vision.
- State what you are going to do personally to make a difference.
- Explain frankly that things may be challenging as we work through this next season, but here is what you believe will happen on the other side.
Whatever you do—lead with vision! Don’t ever think you have explained the vision too many times. Explain it again!
- The reason I say “consider” answering questions is because this won’t always be the right thing to do. But often, it is one of the best things to do.
- Since you aren’t hiding anything, answering questions is one way to show everything is on the table. People know, so let them know.
- If you answer questions, it might help you address something that most people are asking that you didn’t already address. Knowing the question before you ask the question, and then you can know the answers.
- Questions can give you a chance to share more vision.
Some dangers include:
You might have someone who may try to take dominate the meeting. A strong leader can handle this type of person. If you don’t think you can, you might want to avoid answering questions in a potentially hostile climate.
- If you’re not confident in where you are going, answering questions will make you look weak and hesitant.
Answering questions can (in the wrong environment) make you look like you are on trial.