Ever had one of those days where someone in your group sticks up their hand and says, ‘Hey folks! Here’s a really cool idea we should try!”? And everyone jumps on the bandwagon. Except deep down inside you know that it’s not going to work. So you hesitate. Should you go with the flow, keep the group moving ahead? Or should you stick your neck out and say something? Will you be ridiculed or overridden? Or might you just possibly be supported?
This happened to me recently. The specifics are not particularly important. What happened was that an idea came up, and indeed it is a good one in the long run. In the short run, however, it can spell only disaster. I chose to say something about the problems, and say it at great length I did.
To my surprise, I was strongly supported in my opposition – not by many, but by those who are paid attention to. The email I received said things like: “Stephanie makes a lot of sense.” “I must say, Stephanie is correct.” and so on.
I am incredibly grateful for that kind of support.