Sometimes the truth is hard to take.
Today I led a meeting where I facilitated a discussion about some key issues, lessons learned and proposed action plan to move forward on improvements.
Usually I have a pretty good read on how the meetings turn out, but I’m a bit tired and it felt a bit more serious than normal. I wondered if I had been too bold, taken the right approach, or perhaps not bold enough on a few items. One of the key leaders expressed concern that he didn’t know a certain area had as many issues as I had pointed out.
Later in the day I went to him and said I wanted to know how he felt about the discussion. He said it went well, but he was still bothered about some of the items that had been discussed. He was making it a priority to go and address them.
Sometimes we have to lead the hard conversations. Sometimes the people we share the truth with will take it hard. In the process, we might need to re-iterate what is going right, but still come back to the fact that something needs to change or improve.
At first I wasn’t sure how to feel about his reaction. Had I gone to far?
As I think about it a bit more, I’m actually pleased. He’s going to make some changes and support us in an effort to improve.
Sometimes the truth is hard to take. But, discomfort can lead to necessary changes that will improve our business, our families, our friendships, or our idea.
Over Christmas break, I got the chance to interview my brother Craig Clark. It was informal and on a few topics, but thought I’d share them here. Plus, it was a chance for his business partner, Preston Anderson, and for him to get used to presenting on camera.
I think they did a great job. Listen to their interview to find out a few financial tips and lessons learned as they grow their business – Clark & Anderson Financial Services.
Financial Tips at year end
Setting up a business – lessons learned from Preston Anderson – tax advisor
Setting up a business – lessons learned from Craig Clark – financial advisor
Last but not least – partnering with friends in your business
So, since I claim that I am the “Chief Nudger,” I figure I should be an example of trying out new things.
In the spirit of personal growth, a friend and I decided to try out for the spokesduck opening at Aflac in March. If you hadn’t heard, the prior spokesduck made some rude comments and was fired.
So, though we have no voice talent, and have never tried this type of thing before, we knew our chances were slim, but hey…you can’t win if you don’t try, right?
Here’s a link to the contest – http://www.quackaflac.com/.
Long story turned short – we both got our rejection emails this week. They have 10 finalists out of the 12,000 applicants. Wow! I was surprised that the number of applicants wasn’t higher and so I had a little hope that sometime in the future might bear more promising results. (-:
Do you want to hear what I sent in to the contest?
We’ll upload it once we find the best place to upload the file – since this site doesn’t allow it and it had a “failure” message when I tried to upload it to YouTube.
They gave us tips on different sounds to make (excited, sad, frightened, etc.) – just in case you thought it was a bit strange. We had 30 seconds to provide different voices.
Just wanted to share how important it is to try. Now I know:
- It isn’t as hard as it looks.
- I need to find a good site to upload audio only – besides iTunes.
- I can laugh at myself and share the story with others – spread the joy of making and learning from mistakes.
Can’t wait to hear the new Aflac voice! It better be good!