Checks and Balances by debaird 2008 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0); hat tip: Ronae Jull
Family coach Ronae Jull blogged recently about strategies for teaching teens to embrace balanced perspectives. She began,
Political wrangling. Natural disasters around the world. Unemployment agony. SOPA, PIPA and the constant battle over who is more right and which position needs your support. If you’re often confused and overwhelmed by the constant onslaught of media madness and heavy issues presented as the latest emergency, imagine what your teen is feeling!
I love her tips for parents who have to work hard to help teens learn how to process the complex interactions of an increasingly connected and diverse global climate. I have also enjoyed finding the parallels between this family coaching model and the management and leadership lessons we explore at Managing Ourselves. Among them:
- The way we express opinions speaks just as loudly, if not more so, than the words we choose to express them.
- Exploring what we believe together sheds light on perspectives we might not have considered.
- Actively asking questions and exploring answers together can lead to revisions of opinion that benefit everyone.
- Too much “noise” — whether media or meeting driven — causes different team members to react in different ways. All perspectives and reactions are valid.
- “Walking in another man’s shoes” is a critical component of effective teaming.
- “Unplugging” allows for important reflective time that makes learning stick.
A balanced approach to the issues, big and small, local and global, leads not only to effective family management, but also to effective organizational management. We can all stand to practice these skills and that’s what Managing Ourselves is all about — the active practice of different behaviors toward effective, efficient, and engaging leadership and teamwork.