Do Your Best To Provide Fresh Perspective And Break The Cycle In Your Environments
Whether you are entering a new endeavor or navigating your established workplace, be aware of and try to resist falling into the quick sand of environments which are perpetuated by using the same approach without any adjustment in course or method.
Because they don’t adjust, these environments tend to miss out on and lack the results that could be possible for all stakeholders and parties involved because they address issues the way they’ve always been addressed.
When we’re in our different environments, too often we get stuck in our own ways and methods that we fail to see those of other parties and stakeholders around us. Frequently, this stagnation is present in environments which may be overall a positive experience, yet ineffective, as well as those which lean towards the negative or toxic.
This post covers the acknowledgement of the negative environments.
“Too often, we get stuck in our own ways…”
Toxicity is an example of such problems which can hinder effectiveness. As mentioned in other posts, toxicity can either be intentional (knowingly carried out) or unintentional (unknowingly being carried out). Regardless of that intention, the repetitiveness is the most dangerous aspect of such behaviors or environments. This toxicity can exist at the expense of greater success in the environment, whether it be personal, workplace, or in general. If we’re a part of the toxic environment, we might keep exerting the same force or energy to prove the other side wrong that we don’t take the time to realize we’re just repeating history and that that, alone, can doom us.
If you look at the news and the state of the world today, you can note that people keep saying the same things against each other, repeatedly, with no end, advancement of cause, or foreseeable change of course in sight. You can see it in the racial tension and gun control discussions currently taking place in the United States, for example. Both sides want their cause addressed but neither is going about it in a fashion different than anything that’s been used in the past. It’s the same old outcries, advocacy, and protest. They don’t sit down and talk to each other; they just talk — and yell — at each other.
You would think someone on either side of those issues would say, “The same old approach is not working and we need to try something different to get our point across.”
The same can be said for workplace and leadership situations. We need to learn to assess a situation, culture, or relationship in a fashion that allows us to try to objectively think outside of the box in order to get to the most effective end result for all involved. We need to avoid an approach that will isolate anyone that has a stake in or can help advance a cause or culture.
“It’s OK to indicate or reflect that things might not be moving in the right direction…”
For instance, look at Donald Trump. Regardless how flawed his messages may be, he’s done something that most other politicians have failed to do and it’s to break outside the same old rhetoric. He broke the cycle.
Now, granted, you can’t just break the cycle and not plan your next move. He broke the cycle of expectations and traditions, but began spouting diatribes against everything he sees wrong with our country and world today. He is purposely (and forcibly) alienating those with whom he does not agree. So, due to that brash manner, should he get to finally begin building up his plans, from the get-go, he is going to have to fend off the attacks of those he offended up until that point.
But when it comes to you, instead, assess the situation — where it stands, where it needs to go, what the options are, who the stakeholders are, and what’s feasible — and proceed strategically.
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It’s OK to indicate or reflect that things might not be moving in the right direction but be ready to both offer up solutions and allay the concerns of all the stakeholders.
You need to take the temperature of the metaphorical room — any situation you might be in that has stakeholders and for which you believe things need to change — and determine what the best way is to proceed forward.
Avoid the same old song and dance. Don’t just read lines in the same old script. Break The Cycle.
So…What About You?
- How have you broken the cycle and injected some fresh and new perspective into your environment?
- What did you do to make it more appealing to others?
- What would you change about how you went about it?