Agility correlates to one’s ability to adapt and change.
This week’s Agile Mantra: Go with the Flow
In contemplating the concept of Agility, it occurred to me that agility/flexibility requires the ability to let go and let … something else take over. One might say that it’s like riding the waves .. without being swept downstream. Adapting to change without giving up on your integrity. Going with the flow, while knowing when to rise up and bring attention to choices that could alter the course of direction.
But, how do we know when we’re better off keeping silent … versus speaking up and taking action?
How do we know whether the calm waters we’re riding out won’t turn into white-waters at the bottom of a tumultuous waterfall?
If you see it, you own it.
I believe we each have a responsibility to speak up if we would like to see something change. That responsibility empowers us, rather than leaving us feel like mere victims of circumstance. But it’s important to know when and how to communicate your opinions so they are heard and can be integrated with others’ visions and the cohesive direction for the group. Bottom line: Sometimes it’s best to keep your mouth shut. But how do we know when?
A couple of weeks ago, a member of a team mentioned that not all of his team members were on board with a specific direction the team was headed. It was worth mentioning to him that as part of the team, he, (and everyone for that matter) has an opportunity, and responsibility to speak up and inject their thoughts so that decisions can be made together.
This person responded by expressing his concern for going against the grain, as he was unsure if his opinion would be valuable. So he chose to not share is opinions, but when he did share, it was apparent that he was not alone in his thinking.
Knowing how and when to communicate is the key to successful communication. We’ve all heard that it’s not what we say, but rather how we say things. I would suggest that when we say things is equally as important.
Core Protocols – www.livingingreatlness.com
Last week, I was introduced to the Core Protocols – www.liveingreatness.com. The premise for the Protocols is to encourage responsible and effective communication and professional/personal relationships.
Most specific to this post is Protocol 4. I will speak always and only when I believe it will improve the general results/effort ratio. http://liveingreatness.com/wp-content/themes/liveingreatness/library/files/core-protocols-3.03.pdf
While this Core Protocol is a great checkpoint to use before speaking up and sharing your next greatest idea of the moment, it increases the chances that you’ll be heard when you’re saying something important.
As we contemplate whether to speak up or take action, we need to recognize that sometimes, we’re best off riding the waves and not rescuing something when it is not ours to save. But in order for our insight to be heard, we need to speak and be heard. If you have spoken and do not feel heard, or are holding back for any reason, it’s your responsibility to be agile and find a different way of articulating your point. That said, if you’ve been unsuccessful at communicating your point or vision, it may be best to sit back and ride the waves out – awaiting a different opportunity to present itself.
There are hundreds, thousands and potentially millions of solutions for any given challenge, as long as we are empowered with a sense of creativity to find a solution. The only requirement is to creatively reach past your current limitations and recognize a unique solution.
Our greatest strength is not in our ability to foresee the unexpected, but rather in our ability to adapt to it when it shows up.
Opportunity awaits in every challenge and choice taken. There is no right or wrong. Agility allows us to bend and flex so that success is attainable in any choice and situation.