June 2nd, 2015
When candor over comfort becomes comfortable
For the past couple of weeks, the director of publishing at one of the companies I write for has been impressing upon me one idea. Candor over comfort.
I have recently started working on many new titles and have found numerous areas of opportunity. Often, it is easier to just go with the flow and not speak up, but each time I bring one of the issues to her and tell her I feel uncomfortable voicing my concerns to a new team, she reminds me. Candor over comfort.
In this company, it is more important to be truthful and to produce the best possible product than to be comfortable and let subpar products be released. So over the past couple of weeks I have been practicing this with exciting results.
Expressing my opinion on situations has not always led to my recommendations being implemented, but it has always led to one thing. I have been heard. It is so much easier to go throughout my day always speaking my truth.
When decisions are made that I don’t agree with, I can rest easy knowing that I have presented everything I know and the business leader made the decision with all of the facts from my end. When decisions are impacted and adjusted based on information I have shared, I know that I have done my best to do what is right for the student.
The first few times I shared my opinion and knowledge. I was nervous and hesitant. I didn’t want to be shut down and I lacked confidence. I didn’t think my ideas were any more important than those of the next person. It took a few times for me to realize that expressing my opinion isn’t saying that my opinion is the best or the one that should be followed, it is just making sure that my opinion is heard.
This is amazingly comfortable!
Over the past couple of weeks I have really started to feel the comfort in knowing that all of my opinions are shared. There are no more nagging feelings. The shoulda, coulda, wouldas are gone.
I have come to realize that there is great comfort in the candor over comfort mentality.