Not posted for a while….feel bad so will share a reflection I had yesterday.
I was walking the the beach yesterday morning with my family, the tide was out and at one point Mr M stopped to demonstrate to our children what happened to a stream (this was water from an overflow pipe but you get the gist) when you divert it…something to do with meanders and oxbow lakes…..he was always the geographer. As I watched them as Mr J was making trenches in the sand and the water was rushing in, changing direction but still finding its goal.
Later that day we were talking – Hubby and wife stuff and we were getting to the nub of the issue when I had a moment of clarity drawing a similarity to that mornings events and what we were currently engaged in…I had asked a specific question – rather than carrying on talking, or giving what I thought was the answer …I simply waited…eventually Mr J filled the space and we diverted a little but got to our final goal.
Now all that personal stuff doesn’t really belong on an HR blog…except to remind you that when dealing with people (in all sorts of conversations…but especially those tricky ones) it is good not to forget about the power of silence. Something will fill that space and more often than not it is key to getting to the nub of the issue or helping you reach your objective.