When I was traveling recently, my boss called to check on the project I was leading. (I like it when he is as excited about something as I am)
However, early in the conversation, he started asking me about details that I thought were unimportant to the primary objective of the project. I answered his questions (of course), but have to admit that inside my head, I was discounting his concerns. I didn’t think they were relevant.
And then I stopped myself.
I remembered how I feel when people (with less experience than I have) ignore concerns when I raise them. I can tell when someone is minimizing issues that are going to cause trouble for their project down the road. It doesn’t serve them well to overlook my “have you considered?” type questions.
So, I immediately re-prioritized my boss’s concerns and changed the attitude that I had initially assigned to them. I made them important by using my mind to override my personal opinion.
(This might be a good practice for you to consider as well)
Thanks for listening.