February 13

What Everyone is NOT Saying | WT #39


Not too long ago, I was in a meeting which I felt went really well. At the end, I asked the fifteen team members to write down, on a sticky note, their answer to a simple question: “What’s on your mind?”

As a result, I discovered several helpful nuggets that would significantly increase the value of our next meeting:

  • Several people were concerned about, and named, specific road blocks to our team’s success, of which we were not aware.
  • One person felt disengaged.
  • One person noted something we accomplished, that we hadn’t even realized!

There is magic when you ask someone to write down what’s on their mind. There’s a tendency to be honest, and share what they’re NOT saying.

How would knowing what everyone is NOT saying help you? You CAN know. All it takes is a couple sticky notes and a single question.

About the author 

Darren Smith

Darren Smith is Co-Founder of the Authentic Leadership Institute. He is a native Texan and a graduate of Dallas Jesuit and Texas A&M University. Over the past 25 years, Darren has visited 35 countries and led 100 strategy programs. He and his wife have five children.


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