If you’re trying something new

It is normal to keep our personal-development plans to ourselves. But if you’re trying something new in the way you interact with your teammates, break from this normalcy: Let people know what you’re up to and why.

“Hey, I’m trying this thing called Share Before You’re Ready. I’m hoping it helps me serve the team better. It’s a simple process where . . . I’d love to try it with you on this next project.”

“You might hear me highlighting things that are working more than I normally do. That’s because I am . . . ”

To get good at new behaviors, we have to practice them. This means being clumsy with them for a while before they start to stick. The more understanding and support you have during this clumsy period, the more likely you are to come out of it with a new skill. Telling your teammates what you’re doing will naturally increase the support and encouragement you get. It will also save everyone from reading between the lines about why you’re acting abnormally.

Camaraderie and clarity, all in a simple acknowledgment.


—Max


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