Who has the loudest voice? Who has the most compelling case? Who is not being heard? Who has not yet found their way to contribute?
As leaders, we all have responsibility to get the best out of what we have, the customer base, the R&D drive, the talent we have hired.
And that can be framed entirely personally too. I am responsible for getting the best out of me. How often do you find yourself saying, “I can’t talk about that just now…”
And the inner voice is saying, “I daren’t…I am so worried, I can’t share this until it’s sorted and I know where I’m going…” And that is immediately the loudest voice.
The one in the wings, asking, “How can I help?” – “Just open up and share this…what’s the worst that can happen..?”
Everywhere that I look just now I see a case for sharing – sharing the burden. Whether it’s Grenfell Tower, racist or extreme violence, the Great Get Together, the UK talking with EU27, and personally thinking what next for my children and their generation.
Everywhere there is a case for sharing. And listening. To experience of firefighters, to people of different faith, to the dispossessed, to eachother, to the widest social and economic group possible, and to young people.
My request is, take the risk to sidestep the loudest voice and dare to hear those that have your/our best interests motivating them.