Focus on the idea, not the person who presents it
If someone whom you respect suggests an idea, it’s easy to accept the idea on first blush. It may be a good idea, but really….maybe not.
If a suggestion comes from someone you don’t like (or worse, don’t respect, don’t trust), it’s easy to quickly dismiss the idea.
Erase the face and voice of the spokesperson to think about the idea
An editorial at the close of local elections in North Carolina focuses on this idea. The writer is talking about politics, but I can construe it to think about the workplace.
‘For the Record: The lost art of civility’ from the Carrboro Citizen in Carrboro, North Carolina (very close to Chapel Hill).
Excerpts I particularly like:
“It would be a lie to say that civility is the answer to all the ills of modern politics — local, state, national and global.”
“what happens when adults go feral”
“I’ve seen good ideas delayed or shot down not on their merits but as a result of who was carrying the water. That’s the kind of attitude that exists all too often in the workplace….”