Will You Speak Up?

What happens when sharing your truth might impact your connection with a colleague or organizational team member? How comfortable are you speaking up?  

A good friend of mine began her accounting career with a small firm that touted employee loyalty. The firm’s reputation for being very generous sometimes appeared offset by a harshly demanding supervising accountant. Workers spent hours sharing “how-they-avoided-him-today” stories and commiserating over their frustrations, anger, and hurt.  

I wonder if anyone ever approached him about his supervisory skills or what that conversation might have looked like. While he may have been a top producer, not addressing his communication style certainly impacted staff productivity and morale.  

The price of avoiding important conversations extends beyond morale and productivity. According to a US Malpractice Study, not speaking up costs thousands of deaths and millions in malpractice claims in hospitals each year. For some reason, colleagues simply do not say anything when a patient shows signs of complications or a doctor appears to operate on the wrong body part.  

The Monday morning quarterback asks, “how could you not say something?” Do you ever regret saying something? What about not doing so? Speaking up carries a price tag. Of course, not saying anything may lead to even graver consequences.  

Whether a small organization or a large corporation, or somewhere in between, authentic communication, and the lack thereof, have profound implications. Learning to approach challenging conversations with clarity and compassion builds confidence.  

When have you felt the urge to say something, and did not? 

What is the price of silence? 

Will you speak up?  

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Most widely known as Lonzo's human, mediator, speaker, and author Sherry Ann Bruckner works with leaders and organizations to create peace, resolve conflict, and transform visions into results.

From her twenty-plus years' experience practicing civil and family law, and her own personal experiences with silence and violence, Sherry Ann understands how much inner peace impacts outer peace. A graduate of Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts and William Mitchell College of Law, she also studied conflict resolution at Rothberg International School in Jerusalem. Sherry serves as a neutral on matters ranging from bias and employment discrimination to marriage dissolution and caring for aging parents. A speaker and trainer on the global stage, Sherry gives you and your audience practical skills and the confidence to use embrace your personal power to create peace. Through helping thousands of people navigate their way through conflict, and finding her own way to inner peace, she shares the transformational power of clarity, compassion, curiosity, and cribbage.

Visit brucknermediation.com/services to learn more or give her a call at (320) 808-3212.
Sherry Ann Bruckner

Be gentle with you. Be gentle with all. Be the peace.