Slaying the Naysayers

Slaying the Naysayers

Slaying the Naysayers

We all know one or probably more than one the people in our work environment who shoot down our fledgling ideas and tell us why what we suggesting won’t work.

It can be so frustrating, you come up with a new idea or concept, or are valiantly trying to develop an idea further, and all you get is negativity; every reason why it won’t or couldn’t work.

But what if the naysayers you’re struggling to work with have facts or perspectives that you will need for your idea to come to fruition?

In this blog I’ll explore five ways that you can not only manage, but work much more productively with, the naysayers in your environment

1. Get to know who the naysayers are

You probably know who, in the circle of people you work with, are the naysayers. However, it is worth paying attention to make sure that you quickly pick up when someone sees the problems and issues with an idea more than its potential.

They will be very prone to asking lots of ‘how’ questions as in “how is that going to work?”, and query aspects or areas of detail hasn’t been fully thought through.

2. Find those who like brainstorming and exploring

Your challenge is to find those in your work environment who love new ideas and the chance to explore different thinking and alternate ways of looking at things.

Do however be aware of those that only like their own new ideas, as they’re going to want your time and energy for themselves and not necessarily help you too much!

3. Ask the right people for their views and ideas at the right time

The trick is to ask those that like exploring new ideas and concepts early on in your thinking and idea development.

As you start to move through from exploring the idea, to seeing how it will work, that’s the time to go to the naysayers and find out what the problems will be at this stage. It’s a very useful thing to find out what could go wrong if you were to implement the idea and what it would take to be effectively implemented.

4. Listen to understand

in both cases, when you’re talking to the idea explorers, or the naysayers, your main objective is to listen to what others are saying. Take time to understand whether they have insights that could help build out or further clarify your idea or concept.

As Stephen Covey articulates so well in his book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, the aim is to seek to understand before you seek to be understood. It’s an incredibly powerful maxim and will help you get the most out of your conversations with others.

Canvassing the views and opinions of a wide range of thinkers will allow you to see your idea, design, or concept from multiple perspectives and aid its evolution.

5. Use the feedback you receive to improve on your idea

To benefit from this broad base of feedback, play with the suggestions and criticisms. You have no obligation to take on all or any of them, instead given them all consideration, they may spark yet more insights and improvements as you play with them.

Use the ones that will help you reach the original goal or problem that you set put to solve. Not only are you likely to have developed something workable, there’s a chance it could be brilliant!

How do you deal with the naysayers in your world?

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What if you don’t love what you do (and you’re the CEO)

What if you don’t love what you do (and you’re the CEO)

What if you don’t love what you do (and you’re the CEO)

What if you don’t love what you do (and you’re the CEO)

Are there are days when your challenging well-paid job can seem too much, a poor trade?

Does it feel as if you’re constantly in a state of compromise, not spending enough time with those you care for, and not getting to the things you love to do?

You find the thrill of achievement irresistible, and you certainly appreciate the financial security, but at what cost to your sense of well-being?

The surprising answer is that how you’re spending your time is your choice. You always have options.

In this blog I’ll look at five actions you can take right now to start tailoring how you spend your time and feel more at peace with your choices.

Step 1 – What if you don’t love what you do (and you’re the CEO) – Review your schedule

  1. Look at your diary for the last few (2 to 4) weeks and write down the various types of activities, for example:
    • strategy sessions
    • meeting with customers or clients
    • financial and operational reviews
    • executive team meetings
    • major project reviews
    • sport / fitness
    • etc

Next to each item note whether you gain or lose energy from this activity. If you wish you could use a scale of -5 to +5.

Step 2 – What if you don’t love what you do (and you’re the CEO) – Where are you spending your energy?

  1. Review those on the list that drain your energy, and consider whether you can delegate, further delegate, or change the activity in some way to better suit you.

Step 3 – What if you don’t love what you do (and you’re the CEO) – Refocus your energy

  1. Review those on the list that energise you and look at ways you could put more of these types of activities into your life.

Step 4 – What if you don’t love what you do (and you’re the CEO) – Time-box tasks that don’t give you energy

  1. Recognise that it is unlikely you will be able to remove all activities that drain your energy.

The best way to deal with these is to ‘time-box’ them. Don’t let them reach into other parts of your day.

For example, if you don’t like reviewing operational and financial reports, allocate a fixed amount of time say an hour. Look at what it is you need, and can change, to be able to complete an effective review in this timeframe. It could be a different format, such as having a person present the information, or better use of visual representation of the data such as a dashboard that allow you to focus on a particular area.

Step 5 – What if you don’t love what you do (and you’re the CEO) – Make sure you have enough 

  1. Make sure you have a minimum of one energy enhancing activity every day. If this seems impossible then look at your balance over a week. If you really are struggling to do this, it could be worth a reaching out for some outside help.

Working with the right person can help you reconnect with what you really want to do with your life. Our lives are too short to spend them being unhappy for too long.


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