Wednesday, November 22, 2006

What Now?

I've started working on a new project, that already had several participants, and I feel like it could be run better. The managers seem scattered and unaware of the discontentment flying around them. Being that I'm a rookie, I'm trying to get some of the older members to speak up but they are unwilling to hurt feelings. Do I keep my mouth shut? Do I try to smooth over older member's feelings? Do I stand up and be counted? I could use a little Godly advice here.

BTW, if you know what I'm talking about, please don't out it here on the blog.


Sarah said...

I have no idea what you're talking about which a)drives me nuts and b)prohibits me from giving very adequate advice.

But you know I have to say SOMETHING! So, it sounds to me like you are concerned a)that it can be done better and b)other people are discontent. Regarding a), if you have true suggestions about how it could be done better, I ASSUME you are invited to make those comments to said managers, unless they have said they don't want any input. In that case, sounds like you signed on for what you got! :-) At that point, the managers may take or leave your advice, right? Are you willing to submit to their taking it or leaving it? Then you have to decide if you can stick it out.

Regarding b) the most Godly thing you can do for other, discontent people is to encourage them to address the problem with the managers. Beyond that, you have to be unwilling to listen to discontent 'lest you grow it and manifest it.

That's the best I can do in the dark!

yvonne said...

I agree with Sarah's infinite wisdom here. Nor do I have any idea what you're talking about either. Just take one step (leap) of faith at a time.

Denise W. said...

I really like the "encourage them to take it to the managers." Right now, that's what I'll be doing and not complaining myself.

If that sounds like a pledge, it is.

soul and culture said...

Two thoughts.....

1) Be careful not to pick up someone else's offense - and you obviously aren't.

2) If you do decide to say something, here's some advice I give my folks at work all the time. Don't just bring me a problem, come with suggestions for a solution.

Anonymous said...

I think I am not in the dark on this one...I think I actually know what you are talking about! I feel privileged! :) Anywhoo...I am pondering the same I say something, or let it go? Do I stay or do I go? I am having a hard time deciding...PLEASE, let me know if you come up with a Godly answer. I want to do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, but I am not sure what that is! :)

And can I just say how awesome you are?!?! You are an amazing friend, and I am proud to have you around me!