Week 3 Day 2

Changing the Culture of Your Company; crucial conversations

“Speaking the truth in love we will in all things grow up.”

Recently I came across Joseph Grenny's quite brilliant book detailing the importance of crucial conversations at work. The central premise is that if we are stuck at work often it’s because there is a crucial conversation we are not holding or not holding well. Instead of talking it out with our colleagues, we act it out in our choices, with the result that we often do our worst when we need to be at our best. In the absence of crucial conversations tension can devastate momentum.

In the book of Daniel, the prophet Daniel made the choice to have a crucial conversation with Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of the country. As with every crucial conversation, the stakes were high, (Daniel could have lost not only his job, but his life!) There were opposing opinions and strong emotions. Yet Daniel’s courage in speaking the truth ultimately restored health.

Crucial conversations are at the core of a healthy culture.

Since it’s impossible to have FEWER crucial conversations, we must learn to become BETTER at them. Our workplaces can never be healthy until we choose honesty and honour; changing the culture by the way we handle one another’s hearts; choosing to resolve rather than avoid the issues underlying relational pain.

Work is hard enough without unresolved relational issues scarring everyday. Make the advance decision today that you are going to enjoy life at work by letting go of the past and the pain. Instead of withdrawing, you are going to step into the freedom that lies just beyond that crucial conversation - allowing the fresh start of ‘clear air’ to fill both your work and your workplace… a new opportunity to work wholeheartedly. 

As far as it depends on you, live at peace with all men.