[Video] Getting Your Employees Out of Their Shells: A Leadership Lesson Inspired By Turtles
Turtles and tortoises are virtually immobile so long as they’re retracted in their shells. And, unless they feel safe to do so, they won’t extend their extremities at all. Sound familiar?
Employees contribute ideas in all sorts of ways. Some share easily and on a whim, while others need a bit more time to warm up and come out of their shells. This 55-second clip explains why it’s important to foster a work environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their ideas and taking risks. After all, innovation sparks brightest amidst collaboration.
Here are a few more tips on how leaders can make it safe for employees to share:
- Nix the Snap Judgements
Avoid the tendency to make snap judgments about an employee’s idea.
Initiate fun brainstorming activities with your team!
- Check Your Ego
Manage your ego to carefully consider the inputs and suggestions of others.
- Get Outside YOUR Shell
For fresh perspective, tap information and resources you don’t usually read or consult.
- Affirm, Affirm, Affirm
Recognize that you are much more creative than you think and convey this same message to your employees.
- Be the Change
Be an example to your team in demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking.
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