Of course, meetings are important because they provide a forum where everyone can communicate what is going on within the workplace and get on the same page. These times where teams come together are some of the most important that employees will ever experience because they offer opportunities for healthy discussion and debate to occur. Avoiding your present issues doesn’t get rid of the problems at hand, but amplifies them. Stop avoiding your current issues and dive in, knowing that your efforts won’t be in vain.
When people care about something, they will fight for what they believe in. When healthy debate takes place, people are able to fully communicate what they have to say. When you engage in these discussions, please note that it is important to pick a definite side and to make your point clear. And when I say to pick a side, I mean for you to know where you stand on the topic you are discussing.
But above all else, trust must be adopted by the entire team. And for trust to grab hold, all individuals involved need to know that each person is for them and wants them to succeed. When motives are right and it is for the good of the team, all things that are said are for the benefit of everyone involved.
I will even dare to say that for people to become better leaders, people must be able to deal with healthy, constructive conflict along the way. This is because it is only from healthy debate that people will begin to hear different perspectives, and can then develop an action plan to create correct movement. When you trust people enough to allow them to say how they feel and the same respect is given back to you, people can only become better at what they do.
What would happen if each person involved in your work environment voiced their opinions? People would feel like they are part of a team and that their voice is being heard. It’s okay to have an opinion, especially when it benefits the outcome for your team. Embrace the tension within a team discussion and achieve better results in meetings because of it.