Make your point with a pile driver.

20 09 2016

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever.  Use a pile driver.  Hit the point once.  Then come back and hit it again.  Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.” ~ Winston Churchill

You’ve heard me speak many times about how valuable it is to have a very diverse team to offset one another’s weaknesses with another person’s complementary strengths.  That means that some well-balanced teams will have a, let’s say, persuader on the team.  This person will have a good idea, and not be at all shy about communicating that idea.  Sometimes you may not be able to get them to stop talking.  It also means that another person on the team may be more mild-mannered, introverted, or just quiet, and may have a good counter-opinion to that persuader… and may never be heard if they don’t speak up, and project their voice (and opinion) loudly.

Leaders, understand that some of the folks on your team may not have the speaking voice, or aggressiveness to stand up to us persuaders (guilty as charged).  It’s going to be up to you to watch the team interactions, and possibly even stop the talking long enough to specifically ask your quiet person what they think, or if they have a relevant point to make.  Quieting down the room and giving your wallflowers a chance to shine has helped my teams avoid a disaster more times than I can count.  And you… the quiet one over there… yeah… Your leader won’t always notice that you have a pertinent point to make, so don’t try to be subtle – bring the pile driver!

Speaking of hits (and whacks) …


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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