Sometimes there are difficult conversations to be had in the interests of resolving issues that may be festering in an organisation. Dead fish, left to linger under the table, cause a stench often difficult for some to stomach. By putting the fish on the table and dealing with difficult issues, we create a healthier and more productive environment in our strive for continued improvement.
This exercise encourages us to embrace conflict in a respectful and constructive way such that we can find a way forward without the risk of upsetting individuals or causing offence.
Are there things in the workplace that drive you nuts? Inefficiencies, waste or issues that need to be addressed for the good of the team, department, organisation?
Follow these simple steps to get your fish on the table for review and consideration:
- Be kind
- Be objective
- Stick to facts
- Be respectful
- Lose your ego
- Choose your words carefully
- Accept that everyone is always right
- Consider what is best for the organisation
- Offer solutions for consideration if you can
- Avoid name calling and finger pointing at all cost
Now use Engage to put your fish on the table.
Topic: Use ‘Fish on the table’
Emoji: Choose the emoji that best reflects your feelings on the topic.
Word on the street: Enter as much information as you wish remembering to follow the advice given.
Keywords: Enter 3 single keywords to summarise your feedback for the leadership team.