You Have Something Important to Say


Everyone has something important to say, value to add to the conversation, and an important perspective to add to the mix. If that is true why don’t more leaders feel comfortable in sharing their thoughts, opinions, hopes, concerns, and inspirations? Why do they continue to work day after day and keep quiet instead of speaking up?

Over the years of working with leaders I have seen 3 main reasons employees don’t feel comfortable with sharing their ideas:

  1. Employees don’t feel comfortable “managing up” and sharing their thoughts with their boss for fear they will be ignored or that they will be made to feel their ideas aren’t valuable. Any boss worth their salt will welcome ideas & input from their employees to make things better. Even if a boss chooses not to go with an employee’s idea there will be a huge appreciation for contributing to the conversation. In the future it is likely employees who offer ideas and suggestions will be tapped first for their input by their boss which means your being recognized for your contributions.
  2. Someone else on the team has the loudest voice and drowns out everyone else. Just because someone speaks louder doesn’t mean their ideas are the best. If you truly can’t get a word in edgewise, get creative and make sure your ideas get heard (an email following a meeting, a quick side conversation during a break, or set an appointment with your boss). Plus eventually everyone will get sick of the person with the loudest voice and the boss will figure that out!
  3. There is not a culture within the organization that encourages the sharing of ideas. As a leader within an organization it is our job to make sure we create a culture where everyone feels comfortable enough to speak up and share what’s on their mind. That is the culture that has to be in place to create an inspirational environment where everyone feels like they are contributing to the success of the organization. That kind of culture will contribute to employee retention, development, and satisfaction.

You have something important to say. So get going and make a difference in your organization.

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Bobby Shaw

I am a former restaurant company executive with a passion for developing existing and future leaders to achieve high standards. I love helping organizations develop strong people cultures with an emphasis on leadership development that result in top-notch operations and better business results. I have over 30 years in the restaurant business in all facets of operations, from my start at McDonald's in the grill area in 1984 to overseeing 200+ restaurants with Chipotle Mexican Grill from 2002-2012 to leading Freebirds World Burrito's resurgence from 2013-2016 to working with the Salad and Go restaurant startup as CEO in 2016/2017. My real world experience transcends the typical operations background with a focus in leadership development and coaching. At the core of my background and experience, I believe that how leaders get results is just as important as getting them, and what got them where they are, won't necessarily get them where they want to go. I work closely with individual leaders and companies to improve their results through understanding how their strengths impact the overall results. My goal is to help business leaders and companies learn how to leverage the strengths of their employees by understanding their strengths and what they’re good at, and using that knowledge to positively impact their entire organization.

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