Yesterday I finally made it to a team breakfast. They’ve not been well attended (we’re not early birds at the office) so rushing out from the gym, still in my gear, I decided to make the effort.
While trying to not be centred around work, the conversation naturally drifted to what was going on. With 4 of us there, I decided to bring up the idea someone had suggested about the personal check in. After some very designer debates about how to scale it, we began to share.
What was important to me, wasn’t necessarily the score people gave themselves, or the reasons for it. It felt stronger that people felt comfortable talking to others and that we could all provide advice and support. A rally cry that we need to speak up more often.
We all know it’s important to support others around you. To give them praise and also constructive critique when necessary. We don’t often however take the time to let people share how they’re feeling.
Taking the time to check in with others, in groups, can be a really great reminder that we all face fears, anxieties and challenges in the similar way. That we’re easy to critique ourselves and dollop out the best advice for others. But rarely do we listen back to what we’re saying.