What if somebody in your team identifies a task you could all be doing differently that would cut down time, increase productivity, and make life easier for everyone concerned – and yet they don’t feel confident or supported enough to tell you about it? Or they can’t find the right words to say it out loud? Or maybe there are workplace barriers you’re not even aware of preventing their ideas – their voice – from being heard?
If you knew how to overcome those barriers and unlock their voice, their idea could be a little goldmine! And that’s just one of the reasons why finding your team member’s voices and creating the right environment for them to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas is so important.
We all suffer from a reluctance to communicate from time-to-time, and the reasons behind it can be as unique and varied as we are. For example, I’ve recently been working with a lot of clients in the tech sector, many of whom find it so difficult to express themselves that they keep some of their best ideas unspoken. And yet, once they’ve overcome the obstacles that are holding them back, everyone around them benefits.
It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in – the chances are that at least some of your team members are experiencing very similar problems, holding back on their contributions because they don’t know how to make their voices heard.
If you had the tools to unlock their voice, imagine the immense benefits both they and your business would gain. After all, if the following people hadn’t overcome their challenges and found their own individual ways to communicate, our world would be a very different place:
Sometimes the solution can mean engaging a passion…
Albert Einstein didn’t speak a single word until he was four years old, and when he eventually did talk his teachers ignored him. He had a speech impediment, he couldn’t spell correctly and even his school nickname was “the dopey one”. But do you know what eventually gave Einstein his voice? The violin lessons he began at age 5 and his discovery of Mozart at age 13. Music unlocked Einstein’s confidence, and when the people around him used music as a reference point during their conversations it encouraged him to communicate in ways they could both understand.
Sometimes it can involve some innovative thinking…
How much poorer would our view of the universe be if Stephen Hawking had let motor neurone disease silence him? If he and the creator of the ‘Perfect Paul’ computer program hadn’t found the incredible speech synthesizer solution that eventually let his voice be heard and, ironically, made it one of the most instantly recognisable voices on the planet?
Sometimes you have to tap into what drives the other person…
Richard Branson was such a disappointing student that his headmaster famously told him, “You’re either going to end up in jail or become a millionaire” but his headmaster hadn’t found what motivated young Richard to find his voice. It wasn’t conventional schooling that gave Branson the confidence to express himself and become a success, it was a love for breeding budgies and an instinct for buying and selling that he inherited from his entrepreneurial mother. If his headmaster had tapped into either of those motivators he would undoubtedly have seen a different side to his pupil, got him talking in the classroom, and encouraged some much better schoolwork out of him.
If you don’t think those three examples have got anything to do with finding the voices within your own team, look at it another way. Each one of those people had to find the key that enabled them to overcome their weaknesses and communicate their ideas with strength and confidence, and that’s exactly what you and your team members have to do as well. The more you understand your workers, the more you know about their personalities, talents, and motivators, the more proficient you’ll be at unlocking their voices and encouraging them to be heard.
When that happens, you, your team and your business will be more powerful than ever.
Here at Hill Coaching Company, it’s our job to help you find your team’s voices and develop amazing communication within your workplace. By identifying all the elements that make your team members tick (as well as those it’s useful to avoid), you’ll create a strengths-based culture which will enable your workers to be more confident, more productive and more committed to your business’s success than ever before.
Get in touch on 01603 567794 or email email@example.com and let’s get your team talking.