This week, I found myself at odds with my team. We were trying to choose an approach for the graphics design of a web site…and I was alone in my opinion.
When that happens, what should we do?
Sometimes, I can see things that others can’t see. Since I have (too many to count) years of experience, I can recognize missing pieces (or approaches) faster than others. I excel at problem solving, so I tend to “win” those disagreements. When I am in that position, I need to hold my ground, patiently look for ways to communicate, and wait for my team to see what I can see.
However, that doesn’t always work. If I have the ability to see what others can’t…it must also be true that others can see things that I can’t. There is no way that I am right all the time. That would be contrary to human experience and wisdom.
In this case, I recognized that graphic design (although subjective) is not my area of strength. When our organization puts people in charge of design, I am not the person they turn to. There are others who are recognized for their abilities to evaluate and decide graphic presentations.
Even though it was my project, it would have been poor leadership on my part to force the team to follow my opinion. Therefore, I chose to yield to others who clearly have strengths in this field.
When you are at odds with your team,
- Do you know when to yield to them?
- Can you yield to them?
Thanks for listening.