Have the guts to shake the tree, and pick up the fruit.

16 04 2015

“I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls, to pick it up.” ~Mary Cassat

In business, we often have to disagree with an idea presented by a peer/supervisor or subordinate.  We also might have to give tough love to a co-worker, by pointing out weaknesses (areas of opportunity), or personality quirks.  It takes a lot of guts to give that criticism to their face, but it’s the right thing to do.

When you’re frustrated with someone, and have the urge to go over their head to their supervisor, you’ll have a way better relationship with them if you take it up with them first.  How that is taken by them can go any number of ways, and you might have to still go over their head in the long run, but they just MIGHT surprise you by taking it to heart, and changing their behavior without the need to go over their head.  They might end up thanking you for having the courage to be around to pick up the fruit after you shook their tree.  So, start with the source of your frustration, not with the people they work for, or even worse – the people that work for them.

Speaking of shake…

ProtShake

Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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