Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Is there a risk for speaking up?

I recently read that an employee was being fired because she had griped about her boss on Facebook.

In my opinion, if you don't understand the public nature of social media then you deserve to be fired. This does show incredibly poor judgment.

But all kidding aside, it did raise the question about how far one can speak up against a boss, a work environment, or anything of major disagreement in a business setting without suffering some major consequence.

Take for example the recent news in China where a father was imprisoned for 2 1/2 years because in his activism he "embarrassed leadership."

Fortunately, in this country we do have the right to free speech, but it still begs the question of how far one can go without suffering some consequence, like being fired.

Can you embarrass your boss? And live to tell the tale?

First off, I don't think anyone should purposely try to make anyone else look stupid and intentionally embarrass them. If you have a major gripe, concern or point of contention in the business environment, do it with grace, respect and humility.

Here are few tips to help you not embarrass your leadership and still enable you to speak your mind.

1. Don't use blaming language
2. Take accountability for your part of the problem.
3. Ask more questions before settling on your point of view.
4. Seek other perspectives (not just validating ones).
5. Be compassionate.

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